I have been having problems with hackers and viruses and the like
and have one right now that avast will not find and superantispyware
wont find either. I’ve tried in the past a range of virus scanners for
it but to no success. its on a camera disc little SD memory card, and
tries to spread to my hard drive and any other media anytime i connect
I was wondering what steps you would take in my position?
There are a few things I would do, and they start out pretty
With any disk that isn’t your system disk you have a wonderful
opportunity to get rid of viruses and spyware fairly quickly and
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Reformat the card.
Presumably you have a card reader, and presumably that card, when
inserted, appears as another drive on your computer.
Reformat it. Remove any data you want to keep first, but then
first, but then reformat it.”
That will erase everything from the card. Data. Viruses.
If for some reason you cannot reformat it on your computer, then
once again, copy off the data you want to keep, and use your camera or
other device to reformat it; most have this as an option.
We talk about “reformat and reinstall” as a last resort, or in some
cases the only resort, to curing an infection on your system drive. The
problem is that while this does eradicate the infection by erasing
everything, it erased everything, including your operating
system. You now have to reinstall, or perhaps recover from a backup
image that was created prior to the infection.
With other drives we have a little bit more flexibility. It still
really is “reformat and reinstall”, but typically the “reinstall” part
is significantly less of a problem. You can copy all the pictures off
of your camera’s SD card, and reformat it without much effort. Even
other drives, such as external hard drives or internal hard disks, can
be treated the same way, though in these cases the problem is often
where to copy the data, and making sure you also don’t copy the
So that gets it off of your SD card.
But I’m still concerned.
Most viruses insert themselves into your system. Specifically, they
copy files onto your system drive, and insert themselves in various
system-related places like the registry. It’s unclear how you’ve been
clearing this off once you’ve determined you’ve become infected. In
fact, it sounds like the tools you have at hand haven’t been able to
clean it from your SD card, so I don’t see how your system isn’t still
infected as well.
It’s quite possible, then, that even after formatting your SD card,
your still-infected system might not put the infection right back.
Unfortunately I don’t have a silver bullet for this situation. Not
all anti-malware programs catch every possible malware. I would, in
your shoes, run a variety of those tools, both anti-virus and
anti-spyware, to attempt to clear off the infection.
If that still doesn’t work, then you’re faced with only one
Backup, reformat your system drive and reinstall everything.