Windows 10: I have a backdoor Trojan (malware)

  1.    04 Aug 2015 #1

    I have a backdoor Trojan (malware)

    I have a backdoor Trojan (malware) on my computer and I couldn't be bothered to reformat my PC until the opportunity was given to me in windows 10. I still want to keep my PC but I want the malware to be completely gone, so in my situation would cleaning my drivers and removing all files be the better option? Thanks - Apollo
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       04 Aug 2015 #2

    You could run a few malware tools to clean up what they can and then upgrade your machine to Win10

    Since your machine is infected, I suggest that you use a clean machine (friend or family) to download the Win10 ISO (same edition and bit depth as the OS currently on your machine). Burn a DVD - they can't be written to again after finalizing.

    Windows 10

    You upgrade Windows from the running qualifying OS. Load the DVD while you're in Windows, navigate to the drive and launch setup.

    Do NOT boot the DVD - that does a clean install - you need to do the upgrade first!

    Do not enter any keys during the install - the upgrade finds the qualifying key, creates and encrypts a new authentication value and stores that in firmware.

    When the upgrade is finished, you can do a clean install - this time you do want to boot the DVD.

    The install asked me twice for a key
    1st -Skip this
    2nd -Do this later

    Windows installed and automatically activated.
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