What to do what to do.

So I need some opinions on what I should do about some root kits on my PC. I've been trying to get some stubborn viruses of my gaming PC, not totally sure how they got on my PC in the first place, and they are all root kits in my system files. Now the problem I'm having is that I can't take them out via my antivirus, I use bitdefender, and I'm wary to delete them manually in safe mode because that's bitten me in the ass a couple of times in the past. So this is my dilemma, should I just go for it and manually go after them, take it to someone and have them do it, or just use the old hard drive for target practice and reinstall my OS such onto a new one?

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    normally in order to remove root viruses on my computer i make a list of everything i need/want on my computer... then reformat and reinstall windows. normally i pick a weekend i can dedicate to reinstalling everything and do the not quite important downloads over the next week or 2.

    this is because the only time i had root issues my hard drive motor stopped working so i just stuck a new one in and restarted

    • MIKYTEY
    • December 14, 2013, 1:22 am
    Nuclear option it is then.
    - triclebickle December 14, 2013, 4:49 am
    be careful though. I'd copy the files using another OS such as Linux. Then, before connecting to another Windows PC, scan every file to ensure it wasn't also infected, or you'll be back at step 1
    - SkinnyBill December 14, 2013, 6:13 am
    i don't copy, i just redownload. if you've got save game files i'm not sure. but yeah, be careful
    - MIKYTEY December 14, 2013, 9:42 am
    I meant personal files :P
    - SkinnyBill December 14, 2013, 3:59 pm
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    (The fastest route) I would recommend to format your drive completely, and have fresh OS installed. After this use Avast (free) antivirus or anything that would prevent any future viruses to getting into your computer. Also, never execute files that you don't trust. Hope this helps. :)

    • Linas
    • December 14, 2013, 4:11 am
    so looks like reformatting is the likely choice, and I had avast when I for the roots which is why I upgraded to bitdefender, and I usually don't execute files I don't trust which is one of the reasons I'm confused by how I got them in the first place.
    - triclebickle December 14, 2013, 4:48 am
    i'm debating whether to reinstall windows every 3 months so i can keep the original antivirus that comes with
    - MIKYTEY December 14, 2013, 9:43 am
    In fact, I am not using any antivirus program and don't have any problems with viruses. Just don't open untrusted files ever. :)
    - Linas December 14, 2013, 1:02 pm
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    I've had a root kit before, and they're a pain to remove. TL;DR, they usually infect core services, or even the Windows Kernel to avoid detection.

    Use a system such as Linux to remove files you need, even if you just boot linux from a Memory Stick. Scan each of the files for viruses from Linux if you can - the root kit may have infected your files too.

    Completely format the drive - again, Linux should be handy here. No partitions, no boot records, no anything. You want that drive as if it just came off the shelf. Rootkits are nasty, and may bury themselves into the boot record or somewhere else on the drive - meaning you might just get reinfected after installation.

    Now, reinstall windows to the blank drive. Install some antivirus, and copy your files back. You may want to scan them again to make sure.

    People recommend Malwarebytes to do a scan, but for keeps, it's not free. Personally, I use COMODO AV. It's free and trustworthy, but it can be a little annoying. If you are the kind of person to run files you don't trust, it might be a good way to go - you can completely sandbox untrusted apps to protect the system. I believe AVAST also does this, and is also free.


    Final tip: You mentioned "gaming PC", which tells me you probably got this malware from cracked versions of games. I would avoid cracked games, keygens, or any other tools to play games in non-legit ways. They are a good place to get viruses from, because they are often sought after. The best AntiVirus is Common Sense :)

    That leads me to believe that the cheat engine I pulled off one of my flash drives is probably the culprit.
    - triclebickle December 17, 2013, 3:27 am
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