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?
- 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.
- 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.
- JavaJoeLv 71 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.
- RichardLv 61 month ago
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- sirjester099Lv 61 month ago
Not if you do a factory system restore
- Spock (rhp)Lv 71 month ago
yes. that is definitely possible
- Boris 24Lv 71 month ago
Install virus and malware protection on laptop right away to be worry free.
- micksmixxxLv 71 month ago
Absolutely, yes, my friend.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Of course it is.
- HockeyLv 61 month ago
Yes. But that can also happen with new laptops.