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It's a judgement call, depending on factors such as what happened with the infection, how long you had it for, what kind of symptoms you experienced, etc... but generally you should have a strong bias against ever trusting an installed operating system once it's been infected. Your safest course is usually to back up your data and re-install your system from ...
If you're behind a firewall (common ISP router) don't worry, unless a NAT/PAT on that router no one reached you. Also, if with localhost you mean you binded it to localhost, only connections from the same machine could be happened. Don't worry anyway.
I don't own one personally, but the gist of how it works is clear. The system acts as a black box, a network infusion detector and a central hub for communication between PCs. A black box (or honey pot) is a device usually connected to a network that passively waits for connections to its systems. A normal user would never usually access the box, but ...
If you know a PC is infected, but don't know how the malware operates that has infected it, you need to assume the removable media will also become infected once you attach it to the infected PC, unless you can write-protect the media. Some malware will confine itself to just the boot partition of a system. Other malware will look for removable media to ...
To put it simple: only a SD card with a hardware write-protection switch, connected through a USB card reader, will be safe. All other devices such as harddisk are at risk to be infected of erased since the virus can remove any write protection on file system.
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