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Is it too late to backup files after infected?

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#1 halbrook


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Posted 17 December 2008 - 12:13 AM


My laptop is VERY infected. The browser gets hijacked and sent to random ad sites, the popup for spyware infection on the windows update appear, the "windows security center" popup ad appears and won't go away, my wall paper has a permanent message w/ "warning: your computer has been infected with spyware", and none of the scanners and cleaners seem to work.

My question is, is it too late to copy the pictures and doc files from this infected laptop into an external hard drive without transferring this virus? I want to just junk my infected laptop (it's old). I'm using another one right now because I can't even get to this site with the infected one.

Thank you in advance for your help.

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#2 garmanma


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Posted 17 December 2008 - 08:09 PM

Before I would transfer them back I would scan the drive with some malware scanners. This one also comes to mind. I'm also including the directions for it:

Download Flash_Disinfector.exe by sUBs and save it to your desktop.
  • Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.
  • The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.
  • Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
  • Reboot your computer when done.
Note: Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive that is plugged in when you ran it. Don't delete this folder...it will help protect your drives from future infection.
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#3 halbrook

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 09:01 PM


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