Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetHardwareLaptops & Notebooks · 1 month ago

If I buy a pre owned or refurbished laptop is it possible for the seller to place software on it to steal my passwords and files on it?

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  • 1 month ago

    Format the laptop with Windows 10 'full format' not the quick one because full format tests the disk by writing 1 and 0 in the entire disk...which basically erases everything. Don't believe in that 7 passes format scam. With that you'll be fine unless the seller installed some software in the BIOS or tracking hardware inside.

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      A simple yes would have sufficed.

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  • 1 month ago

    Most "refurbished" computers run old software from the manufacturers that are not updated, stuff like drivers. "Refurbished" computers are a hackers dream.

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  • 1 month ago

    It's totally possible for them to do so. Which is why you should only buy from people you trust or get somebody that knows a thing or two about computers to give it a once over to check and see if there's anything off about it.

    A clean install of the OS should remove anything harmful.

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  • 1 month ago

    yes          .

    • Possible if you use continued. But do  clean installation of os, then not possible

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  • 1 month ago

    Not if you do a factory system restore

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      Huh? You wouldn't be able to do that until after you bought it. The QUESTION is whether the seller could have placed such software on the machine, not what you can do about it if you think they did.

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  • 1 month ago

    yes. that is definitely possible

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  • 1 month ago

    Install virus and malware protection on laptop right away to be worry free.

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      So, your answer is yes?

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  • 1 month ago

    Absolutely, yes, my friend.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Of course it is.                 

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  • Hockey
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Yes. But that can also happen with new laptops.

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