removing rootkits?

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can rootkits be on a non-OS disk therefore not be removed even if reload OS?

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Yes, It is entirely possible that a rootkit could be sitting on a NON OS partition and therefore be on the disk after a OS reload. However, remember files themselves are not bad– executing them or having them running is bad.

Of course, you should try to ensure the rootkits do not exist at all on your system but the simple fact of them being files on the system (after an OS reload) doesn’t mean that they are active nessisarily.

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  • Wrobinson
    It is also possible for them to exist in memory, thus it is a good idea to ensure that power is disconnected from the system for at least 10s before reconnecting power is recommended so that anything stored in volatile memory is lost.
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