Does Spywarehammer's removal procedure completely remocve all trace sof malware?

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Offline Chalkie

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I have, with the help of this forum, done a "deep clean" of malware in the past.

Does this guarantee that all trace of malware are removed from the computer?

Someone I know with a degree in computer science told me that I need to use DBAN and start rebuilding my system from scratch as malware could
 be deeply embedded in the system.

Is rhere any truth in this? 

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Guarantee the complete removal? Nope. Will DBAN guarantee the complete removal? Nope. There are malware out there that live in the firmware. What we do provide is as complete a removal as possible in as short a period of time using untrained users. If a computer is sitting in front of me there are things I do differently than I instruct users to do when they have the computer in front of them. Simply because they do not have the same experience as me. The user will miss things that mean something to me.

Using DBAN for general  malware removal is like using a tactical nuke to get rid of a fly.

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OK, thanks for the clarification. I'll steer clear of tactical nukes :)

I was thinking of using DBAN when  I do my upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10,   as I understand it would involve cloning the hard disk onto a backup drive, and all sounds like it could get very messy.


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As a kind of supplementary questions,  is there a way of guaranteeing total removal of all malware (even for firmware)?

And was it wrong of my computer science friend to say that multiple deletion passes ( if that is the correct terminology) of a hard disk may be necessary to remove the most stubborn malware, and that by the same logic straightforward deletion, even "one pass" formatting of the hard disk may not be enough?