XP is impossible to install now?

kleptophobiac

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Ever wondered why your BIOS has a virus option (or two). One usually deals with protecting your BIOS from being flashed. The other protects the HDD MBR from being overwritten.

MBR on a hard drive is executable, and there used to be a ton of viruses that got stored there. I also seem to remember a virus that withstood a standard quick format by putting something in the MBR that would reread the part of the HDD it was stored in before new data was stored there, and write itself back to the disk. Only a real format would help there.
 

lopoetve

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Originally posted by EnderW
LoL

I just wanna know one that came make it through a normal format.
Any that live in the MBR. They still exist, and though all current virus scanners religiously scan that portion of the HD at a regular interval, those virii still exist.

Heck. They'll even survive a full NORMAL format.

I don't ~remember~ if a LL format clears the MBR, but I think it does, and there are ways to clear it out anyway
 
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