I had a go-round over the weekend with a rootkit on our home computer (XP-Pro). I never could remove the rootkit using various software tools, so I decided to re-format and re-install, of which I could do neither. After a going over with dBan and another disk wiper that I can't remember the name of, I was then able to format. But I'm still not able to install. When the installer reaches the point of "installing devices", it fails with various stop messages on a BSOD. On each attempt, and there have been many, it has a different error on the blue screen.
To sum up, I guess the drive is ruined. This is something new to me when software is able to damage hardware, but I truly believe this is what has happened. My research has led me to perhaps a BIOS type rootkit. BIOS used to be on an EPROM, but now it's all on the disk, right?
Thanks for listening,