I recently fell victim to some Adware (and possible malware). I was installing Firefox and clicked an ad link in Bing and downloaded a "packaged" Firefox install. I believe the ad is still at the top of Bing if you search "Firefox download" right now...
I ran a scan with AVG and a scan with MalwareBytes. Both showed some Adware (about 3 entries total) and those entries were removed. I also installed Firefox from a known, good source and also had to revert a few settings in IE (homepage, default search provider).
However, I am a paranoid person and want to wipe the Windows install on the SSD and start from a clean slate. What is the best way to do this?
Here are the options that I've been able to find:
- Do a secure erase via a third party utility and boot CD. This might take some time since I don't currently have either a USB drive I can use to boot from or a CD-ROM drive on a non-infected machine.
- Use Diskpart (from Windows 7 install media) to do a clean/clean all. What are the benefits of the clean all versus just the clean? Will any of these operations hurt my SSD? The drive in question is an 850 Evo, so I'm not too concerned about write endurance.
My goal is to start with a 100% fresh drive and Windows install. Also, there's a second drive in the system that I had planned to install Linux at a later date. It should be totally unformatted and in factory new condition (Windows never saw the drive come up when you clicked on "Computer"). Do I have to follow similar steps for wiping on that drive as well?
Thanks in advance for the help.