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Lenovo G50-45 Low Level Wipe to clear Rootkit

2017-08-17, 14:23 PM

Hi all,

 

I have gotten my lenovo G50-45 laptop running Windows 8.1 infected with a stubborn trojan + rootkit. Previously, I have done a high-level format, but it failed to remove it. I am going to perform a thorough low-level wipe of the hard disk using DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke), which will destroy all data sectors and partitions by overwriting them with random data. I'm well aware that OneKey recovery will not work after this.

 

Then I will reinstall Windows 8.1 OS, drivers, and the original Lenovo programs that normally come preinstalled on the laptop (I really like the Lenovo programs).

 

Anything else I need to know before proceeding?

 

Thanks.

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Re: Lenovo G50-45 Low Level Wipe to clear Rootkit

2017-08-17, 14:38 PM

Hi BIG_BADASS

 

Welcome to the Community Forums.

 

I would suggest that before proceeding with any steps that you try to review this discussion regarding rootkit suspected to be prevalent even after One Key Recovery.

 

A specialized discussion is provided on how to proceed the best way to avoid unlikely effects during removal.

[NEW Instructions!] What Do I Do First?

 

Hope this help answer your query as a guide before you continue.

 

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Re: Lenovo G50-45 Low Level Wipe to clear Rootkit

2017-08-17, 14:50 PM

Thank you for your prompt reply. Unfortunately, I ran a scan using Kaspersky Total Security, but it caught nothing.

 

I got it through an infected download through an IRC chat. My younger brother unknowingly downloaded an executable which was disguised as a jpg image. In folder options I disabled the option to hide common file extensions, and it revealed a file with the following name: [FILENAME].jpg.exe

 

The immediate symptoms were: camera randomly turns on, programs randomly open and close, and a message box popped up etc.

 

I immediately disconnected from internet, backed up all important data, and ran malware scan. Kaspersky Total Security couldn't find anything, but something is DEFINITELY there.

 

Then I tried a format and still remained. This is my last option.

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Re: Lenovo G50-45 Low Level Wipe to clear Rootkit

2017-08-17, 15:38 PM

Hi BIG_BADASS,

 

You can create a free account over spyhammer  and getting specialized assistance with this rootkit surviving the format. We also have our moderators available there to help.

 

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Re: Lenovo G50-45 Low Level Wipe to clear Rootkit

2017-08-22, 7:03 AM

Account on SpywareHammer forumn has been created, but still waiting for Admin Approval.

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