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Old 27. Dec 2013, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Stealth Drive

When I run anti-virus scans from my Frontier Security or Windows Essential
I get "Stealth drive" from the former and "hidden drive" from the latter.

Both are classified as "suspicious" so naturally I am. I talked with a few reps
from Frontier Security who have been unhelpful and as puzzled as I am.
One came on remotely and spend a lot of time coming up with nothing, the
stealth drive is still there.

I googled this but still struck out, I get stealth virus hits but nothing on a stealth drive. I know there are such things as hidden drives some of which I assume are benign.

Any experience with this stuff? (I solve one problem (or rather you guys do) and I bump right into another. I want you all to know I do make an honest effort to
resolve these myself before I bring it up there on the forum.

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Old 01. Jan 2014, 08:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is it a separate hard disk drive (HDD) or is it a partition on a HDD?

It might be a hidden recovery partition installed by the manufacturer. In this case, the drive has no drive letter assigned so you don't normally see it. Windows Disk Manager allows you to assign a drive letter to it.
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Old 02. Jan 2014, 12:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Have you tried booting with an OS disk like Paragon or some such? You might then be able to see contents that are hidden from Windows.
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Old 02. Jan 2014, 08:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You will have to explain a bit more, because it's really not clear what you are trying to say here.

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When I run anti-virus scans from my Frontier Security or Windows Essential, I get "Stealth drive" from the former and "hidden drive" from the latter.
Both are classified as "suspicious" so naturally I am.
Where do you get these "stealth drive" ... in the scan results? Is there a file location, or any other information, or message provided, which can give more clues about the problem?

Can you post a screenshot?
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Old 03. Jan 2014, 05:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Okay, thanks for interest. Not sure what else to say : it is on the "C: drive I have not external drives attached to the laptop. No file location, message is as I stated nothing else. As I said it consistently shows as the result of anti-virus scans. I disconnect VPN and Firewall to make sure they weren't involved.

The thing is I've run any number of scans on this computer and this never showed up so it is
a new development which makes me uneasy.

I note that the target drives of the scan were listed as C, D, E, and Q. I have not idea what
Q is.

Ran it by my so-called [commercial service reference removed] (different guy each time) They don't know what it is and I sure as hell don't.

Any further thoughts?

thanks,

Hugheen

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Old 03. Jan 2014, 09:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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What is associated with each drive letter? As I said earlier you can use Windows Disk Manager / Disk Management to see what drive letters are assigned to disks or partitions on disks.

Drive letters can also be assigned to unused USB ports but I don't think that they would be called stealth/hidden drives.

It is possible that you have got a CD/DVD image installed as virtual drive. The category Best Free CD-DVD Emulation Software has examples of software that can do this.
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Old 21. Jan 2014, 12:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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So I thought I would bring you all uptodate and not leave the issue hanging and who knows you too might have a "stealth drive" on your computer someday. Having gotten no answer on the issue i did a factory restore and lo and behold it was gone when restored. I ran a number of scans from different vendors and no stealth drive.
So its gone but it is still a mystery as to how and why it appeared.

Thanks for efforts.

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Is that a virtual drive set up by the likes of Daemon Tools.
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Old 26. Jan 2014, 03:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I've seen it "be" the factory restore partition too on some laptops. Because the manufactorers are too cheap to send a factory restore CD these days....
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