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botnets best way to get rid of

by Tasuki / February 22, 2008 5:11 AM PST

On AOL news today, there was a short article on Botnets, and they said that your computer might be infected with botnets if it turns on and off at random times or generally acts inconsistently. Yup, that's my computer alright (no, not this computer--the infected one is quarantined). Question is, how to get rid of them. That same article mentions Symantec (I vowed never to do business with them again), as well as Trend Micro and FireEye. Does anyone have experience with either of these latter two, or more generally know how to remove botnets? Thanks, Taz

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by Donna Buenaventura / February 22, 2008 5:42 AM PST

"more generally know how to remove botnets?"

Some security tools can detect botnets/rootkit, please check our sticky thread for rootkit scanners.
Some antivirus program like the ones you mentioned has rootkit/botnets detections.
If the infection cannot be removed or located because it is hidden and nasty, the user need to disconnect, wipe the drive and reinstall the operating system.

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wiping the drive
by Tasuki / February 23, 2008 12:47 PM PST
In reply to: Botnets

Thanks, Donna. I actually asked the CNET forum for Windows 2000 how to wipe the drive, but nobody answered my question. How indeed do you wipe a drive? Don't you need it to wipe it? How does that work? Thanks.

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Wiping the hard disks
by Donna Buenaventura / February 23, 2008 8:14 PM PST
In reply to: wiping the drive

Use the free DBAN to wipe the hard disk

You can also delete the drive, create then format using the Fdisk Tool on Windows Startup Boot Disk. If you don't have the Startup Boot Disk, you can create one.

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thanks again
by Tasuki / February 24, 2008 10:47 AM PST
In reply to: Wiping the hard disks

Donna, thanks again. Both of those suggestions sound good.

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