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Can a laptop still have a virus if the hard drive has been replaced? Am I being scammed...?

My laptop got a virus and was sent for repair, the hard drive was replaced but I've recently been told that there are unauthorized registry entries written by self activating software. Apparently it has corrupted my MIS services (whatever they are) and changed stuff in my windows registry (whatever that is)... The technician that told me apparently found all this from an AVG scan. He said that he could fix it, but it would cost £65 ($99 if you're from the states!). Is he scamming me? I don't know all that much about computers and I feel like he might be taking advantage of this! Any relatively experienced help welcome!!!

Asked By: - 2/13/2012
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Your 'tech' is not very good at his job and probably is trying to con you... More
Answered By: Techno - 2/13/2012
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You could have compromised that computer by getting on the internet again and downloading things. The way that it is being put though is dubious. I think it is a scam. If you have a good virus program and run a program called malwarebytes. You should be good
Answered By: eyecue_two - 2/13/2012
 
Virsuses resides in files on your computer. If you completely removed the hard drive and put in a different one, the virus would be removed. However, if they copied over things like your pictures, videos, music, etc from the old hard drive, they may have copied the virus in one of them. So if they changed the hard... More
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Answered By: dewcoons - 2/13/2012
 
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