Posted 19 January 2008 - 05:00 PM
I'm wondering if anyone can answer this question for me...
I recently rebuilt my computer: ripped out the drive, put in a new one, partitioned it, etc etc.
As part of the rebuild I bought a new Western Digital External Hard Drive (from BestBuy) that I'm using as a back-up drive (where I'd copied the contents of my old drive (minus software and programs. Just my old files)).
The new drive comes loaded with a few programs and folders: Acrobat, Skype, Google toolbars and desktop, Picasa.
I haven't run the install on any of these folders. Frankly, I just want an empty drive, so I'm tempted to just erase these folders.
In any case, at some point today I copied my old files back to my new hard-drive. And then I installed BitDefender on my computer and ran a scan (the computer is NOT hooked up to the internet yet).
The scan included a scan of my WD External. And -- surprise surprise -- the scan comes up with warning telling me that one of those prepackaged Google files on that drive is infected.
The file is: GoogleToolbarInstaller_pt-BR.exe
and the trojan it's telling me I'm infected with is: W32/MalwareHiderPatched-based!Maximus
Is it really possible that the new HardDrive is infected? I did connect the hard-drive to a second computer (in order to re-copy my old files to a THIRD hard-drive), and that computer is connected to the internet. But BitDefender has told me that that computer is clean. Which means the infection either:
i) came prepacked on the new HardDrive, or
ii) came through my second (online) computer, avoided installing itself there, migrated directly to my external drive, and inserted itself directly onto that drive.
If the new external is infected, have I now infected all of my old files, and presumably the fresh computer to which I just copied all of those old files?
Can I just DELETE the TOOLBAR_pt-BR.exe file that BitDefender has reported, and be free to use the new hard-drive?
I am like the Typhoid Mary of online viruses. I never go online with my work computers, I don't download, I run security software (and only one firewall) and yet I seem to get at least one virus/year. It's ridiculous.
Can someone give me some direction here. Is it possible the BitDefender report was false? Can I just erase the file?
Thanks a million,