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Will Virus / Adware Be Copied To External Hard Drive?


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#1 My-SS

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 10:30 AM

I have trojans /adware on my factory hard drive.
IF I intall a external hard drive to back up my files, will the problems transfer to the
new hard drive?

I want to save all my personal files / pics because I think I am going to
have to reformat and restore my system.

I know that if a file is infected, it will probably transfer, but I am hoping I can scan all the files before I transfer
them.

thanks for the input
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Posted 15 September 2008 - 10:34 AM

Some viruses can infect network mounted drives and other medium. So if we do not know the virus name we cannot help ya.

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 03:51 PM

Infected files can be easily copied over - but it will take opening the files to launch the malware on another system.
So, copy the files that you want to save, then scan them with an updated anti-virus program on another computer BEFORE accessing them.
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Posted 16 September 2008 - 03:45 PM

Thanks for the replies.
Thats kinda what I was thinking, but just wanted another opinion
Now if I can just get this #@%&* virus or whatever off my comp. I'll be happy

DH

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 03:54 PM

Why not Post in "Am I Infected?"

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/

Maybe someone there may have Ideas that may help get rid of your Trojans?

Maybe a Moderator could move this there?

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 03:55 PM

Since you're backing up all of your files - why not do a "wipe and reinstall"? It'll rid you of the virus and your computer will have that nice, new Windows smell (sorta like new car smell :thumbsup: )
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 06:45 PM

Hello

I see that you have an HJT log posted here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/169272/antivirus-xp-2008-smitfraud-unstable-windows/

We do not allow more than one topic for the same computer and the same issue as this causes confusion, and in this case may make the disinfection process more difficult.

This leaves you with a choice:

1) Have this thread reopened and the HiJack This log topic deleted

OR

2) Keep this thread closed and wait for assistance in the HiJack This log forum. Please note that that forum is VERY busy.

Please send a Private Message indicating your choice.

Assuming you wish assistance in the HiJack This forum, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

If after 5 days you still have received no response, then post a link to your HJT log in the thread titled "Haven't Had A Reply In Five Days?".

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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