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Post virus removal connectivity issue's

by keepitrunnin / May 12, 2015 9:16 PM PDT

HI all,
I downloaded a game and upon executing the install I was treated to lots of adware, malware and files identified as trojans. I re-booted into safe mode and ran several cleaning programs. HItmanPro, Emsisoft Emergency, adwcleaner, tdsskiller , malwarebytes and MSE. When I was able to boot back into my regular desktop I had to uncheck the "use proxy server" boxes in options on both IE and firefox.
Right now, I cant figure out how to get Steam (store reports error 130), the Blizzard app (splash screen reports error 1130) and things like the flash player downloader to connect to the internet. Flash says it needs an update but it wont connect to the server. They all say the have no connectivity.
I'm running win7 x64, amd fx-8320, 8gb's RAM. Hope someone can help, IDK what to do!

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Re: virus damage
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 12, 2015 9:19 PM PDT

- What to do: go back to factory conditions (called refresh or reset in Windows 8).
- What not to do: download games from torrent sites. But that's more a tip for the future.

Kees

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re: lacking helmet
by keepitrunnin / May 12, 2015 9:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: virus damage

I tried that too. None of the restore points worked. Do I need to reinstall Windows?
If so, would it be best to format all my hard drives? My C:\ drive is SSD can I format that? I know you shouldn't defrag them at least.
Also, advice heard. Thats why I want steam to work Silly

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Sometimes the damage is that deep!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 12, 2015 10:11 PM PDT
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Should I write zeroes?
by keepitrunnin / May 13, 2015 6:37 AM PDT

Is the full format option the same as writing zeroes to the drives?

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No.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 13, 2015 6:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Should I write zeroes?

A HDD format usually leaves the MBR, partitions and what else standing.
Bob

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