So, I think I got infected with a malware of some kind. I might not, but to be on the safe side, I will assume I am. Ater a malwarebytes scan on everything it didn't find anything particularly suspicious. Still, I will format my PC to be on the safe side.
My question now is. The virus can be anywhere. I have 3 internal drives plus the c:\ one. Also, it is possible that the virus can spread from drive to drive right?. So If I format just c:\ it will be re-activated probably from the 'infected' internal or even spread to c:\ and reactivate then (stop me when I'm getting crazy). So, my course of action would be to unplug all internal drives (except one). Do a clean install of windows on the remainder drive (the "c:\" one), then I will be 100% clean. But then how would I go about re-connecting my internal drives (having in mind that the virus is in one of them and will spread upon connection). I thought about using a third PC (fresh windows) and connect the internal drive there and check the folders individually (with malware bytes or even by eye (?)) and transfer them to this third PC, then format the drive and then transfer the files back at the drive. Still though, if the virus is undetectable it will still get passed around upon connection, no? What about if the 3d PC has linux? Will the malware never automatically transfer back and forth (drive->ubuntu->formated drive) or it will and just not be active in Ubuntu?
So, in conclusion how can I be sure that all of my discs are clean and no virus is running (besides checking every single exe)? How paranoid I am? Sorry for the long post.
*bonus paranoia: Can a virus spread from the infected windows to another pc with ubuntu through network and then back at the PC (after the format)?