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Posted · Original PosterOP

My pc has a virus. I used the Windows 10 installation media tool to attempt to regain access to my pc by booting a clean install of Windows - It didn't work. I've come to terms with this... BUT hopefully it's not to much damage caused...

 

According to BullGuard:

[But] today malware can theoretically infect all parts of a computer including:

  • The firmware of your keyboard, mouse, webcam, speakers and so on.  Firmware is software that is embedded in a piece of hardware. Devices that you might think of hardware such as a router, a camera, or a scanner also have software (firmware) that is programmed into a special memory contained in the hardware itself.  
  • The BIOS (basic input/output system) system. This is the program a computer's processor uses to get the computer system started after you turn it on. The BIOS also manages data flow between the computer's operating system and devices attached to the computer such as a keyboard, mouse and printer.

My questions:

1. is it safe to use components of a pc that has a virus, in another system? 

2. If so, what components. Would I only need to replace the storage devices, and/or the motherboard too?

 

Weird questions I know. 

Thanks in advance.

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1 minute ago, KianHolder said:

My pc has a virus. I used the Windows 10 installation media tool to attempt to regain access to my pc by booting a clean install of Windows - It didn't work. I've come to terms with this... BUT hopefully it's not to much damage caused...

 

According to BullGuard:

[But] today malware can theoretically infect all parts of a computer including:

  • The firmware of your keyboard, mouse, webcam, speakers and so on.  Firmware is software that is embedded in a piece of hardware. Devices that you might think of hardware such as a router, a camera, or a scanner also have software (firmware) that is programmed into a special memory contained in the hardware itself.  
  • The BIOS (basic input/output system) system. This is the program a computer's processor uses to get the computer system started after you turn it on. The BIOS also manages data flow between the computer's operating system and devices attached to the computer such as a keyboard, mouse and printer.

My questions:

1. is it safe to use components of a pc that has a virus, in another system? 

2. If so, what components. Would I only need to replace the storage devices, and/or the motherboard too?

 

Weird questions I know. 

Thanks in advance.

you don't need to replace anything. just clean the drive in win10 setup, and it should be fine. otherwise, you can use a linux live boot to check everything for viruses. as far as it infecting peripherals... although technically possible on some products, it is probably less common than winning the lottery.

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Agree with @bmx6454. Just wipe the drive clean.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

Its pretty unlikely that the virus has messed with hardware. 

 

What did fail in the reinstall? Just give the install anouther try again.

I got the Windows 10 setup about 2/3rds done, then my pc crashes and I'm greeted with a black screen and "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key". I've changed the boot order to prioritize the USB with Windows 10 media on, and still nothing. Believe me, this has been over a week of trying absolutely everything and getting absolutely nowhere!

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Just now, KianHolder said:

I got the Windows 10 setup about 2/3rds done, then my pc crashes and I'm greeted with a black screen and "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key". I've changed the boot order to prioritize the USB with Windows 10 media on, and still nothing. Believe me, this has been over a week of trying absolutely everything and getting nowhere.

does it boot into a linux usb drive?

 

Specs? Have you reset the bios?

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1 minute ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

does it boot into a linux usb drive?

 

Specs? Have you reset the bios?

No, it doesn't boot into a Linux usb drive. And I've reset the bios multiple times with no success.

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Just now, KianHolder said:

No, it doesn't boot into a Linux usb drive. And I've reset the bios multiple times with no success.

do you have a test pc you can swap parts into?

 

WHat exact error do you get in the linux bootup?

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5 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

do you have a test pc you can swap parts into?

 

WHat exact error do you get in the linux bootup?

Unfortunately I don't have a test pc. And it's a Windows boot up, not Linux. When I originally put in the usb with Windows installation media on it it worked and I was selecting language etc etc, then it crashes 2/3rds through install and everytime I boot I get the error message. 

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