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How to remove Rootkit.Boot.Pihar.c in Windows 8?

I recently did a Windows 8 Reset after experiencing problems with Windows 8, which is this is not the first or second time I ran a Windows 8 Reset (multiple times). The Windows 8 Pro system is acting slow and randomly restarts when nothing is running. I decided to download Kaspersky TDSSKiller utility and run it. TDSSKiller shows Rootkit.Boot.Pihar.C infection. When I select to Cure it, I get an error message showing Access Denied.

How do I remove this rootkit infection in Windows 8?

I have seen this infection also in Windows 7 system and TDSSKiller removes it.

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I know how to remove such infections. The problem is Windows 8 with Secure Boot enabled shows this rootkit when I run TDSSKiller. Normally TDSSKiller can remove this infection. I presume the secure boot enabled is not allowing TDSSKiller to remove this infection.

When I ran Norton Power Eraser, the system reboots when it finds this infection.

I find this rather strange that there is a rootkit infection in Windows 8 with secure boot enabled. Microsoft's Windows 8 Defender is not even detecting the rootkit. When Defender scans it shows that there is a problem, but never identifies the problem.

When I try to run RKill and ComboFix in WIndows 8, both these programs do not run in Windows 8.

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I ran Hitman Pro x64 and it found no infections. While I was away from the computer earlier, the system had rebooted. Right now I do not have the time to run several security programs scanning the system. This is the problem with Windows. Windows users may not always have time to waste or spend to scan their system(s) with a variety of these programs. You can easily spend several hours scanning your system hoping that you can eliminate the infection(s).

For now I will use my Linux system to get my other tasks that I need to get done.

Your web site does provide many resources together if you want to spending hours on trying to fix the problem. Any more it seems you regularly run Windows 8 Refreshes or Resets.

I have Linux Mint 14.1 running on a secondary laptop. Since I bought this new laptop with Windows 8, which I thought it would be my primary system to use, it has become less useful. I find myself using Linux more than Windows 8 and far less problems. I loaded Linux once and it continues to run. Windows 8 I have ran many Refreshes and Resets from when I bought the system (Oct 28 2012 I believe) and it seems that is what I have to do about every other week.

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