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    I have a system on which I suspect there is a rootkit. Since I need to rebuild this computer anyway, I am planning to reformat the HDD and reinstall the OS. Will this get rid of the rootkit? Or do I need to do something on the HDD at an even lower level?

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    Timothy,

    I've found that unless you either boot from a Windows Repair CD and clean the MBR or do a DBAN of the computer harddrive that just reformating does not get rid of the rootkit.

    --Forrest

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    To remove rootkits you need to boot from a CD, delete all partitions, re-partition and re-format.

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    Thanks, guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy Schaldach View Post
    I have a system on which I suspect there is a rootkit. Since I need to rebuild this computer anyway, I am planning to reformat the HDD and reinstall the OS. Will this get rid of the rootkit? Or do I need to do something on the HDD at an even lower level?
    Why do you think you have a rootkit?

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