I've had to register in this forum just to get peace of mind. I never wanted ccleaner on my system in the first place. I missed a step to uncheck a box when installing recuva. But now I find myself with this malware on my machine.
I am running 64bit win 10. The Microsoft defender caught the malware and then I immediately uninstalled ccleaner as I never even wanted it in in the first place, but I never checked my registry before removing. I don't know if I was hacked, only that defender caught it.
I took the drastic step to completely format my machine. I did a USB boot into windows installer, deleted all c: drive partitions and created a new partition on the whole disk and installed fresh windows.
Does this mean I am 100% protected now? Is there a chance that there could be any hardware/bios virus or malware remaining?