Will any virus survive a system format

MiloshDr

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By virus I mean worms, malware, anything that is bad basically no particular one.

Or is it possible for a virus to embed in the system. How sophisticated can a virus be?
 

DeadlyDays

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yes, it could infect the MBR on the hard drive which is not wiped in a format. not sure how advanced such a virus is capable of being but I imagine it could be advanced enough to enable something on a fresh windows install to autoload a more complex virus.

Technically I imagine you could infect the "bios" as well, though resetting the bios would likely clear that unless the attacker had physical access to the machine.

Don't think a virus would survive anywhere but the HDD/SSD or BIOS due to everything else being stored on volatile memory. feasible if any hardware you have that can be flashed could be loaded with a virus but that'd be a really targeted type of virus as it'd only work on that specific model of hardware.
 
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