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Alxres06130 - Reformatted, but what about External Drive?


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#1 Notsosmart

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 11:55 AM

Our computer was infected with alxres061230.exe and realsvc.exe (aka worm_agent.affz). When it became infected, I immediately shut down the computer, installed McAfee from a trial disk, and lockdown the internet. Once McAfee quarartined realsvc.exe, I thought it was safe and unlocked the internet connection. Then I noticed a DOS screen and saw the other file name alxres061230.exe being loaded. I was on the internet for about 20-30 minutes. After that, I shut it down. My husband started it up again, but disconnected the router and all external drives before doing so. He completely reformatted the infected computer, got the updated version of McAfee, and scanned the computer as well as the external drives.

Are we safe now? Can anything hide on the external drives and reinfect our computers? I'm worried sick about it!!!

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 03:07 PM

If you did a full wipe of the hard drive reformatted and then reinstalled you should be OK. If you want to be abosultely certain and do it again.
The best proceedure is a low level format. This completely wipes the drive. Then reinstall the OS.
Use the free version of Active@ KillDisk.
Or Darik's Boot And Nuke
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Did you scan the external also?
2 guidelines/rules when backing up

1) Backup all your important data files, pictures, music, work etc... and save it onto an external hard-drive. These files usually include .doc, .txt, .mp3, .jpg etc...
2) Do not backup any executables files or any window files. These include .exe's, .scr, .com, .pif etc... as they may contain traces of malware. Also, .html or .htm files that are webpages should also be avoided.

Edited by boopme, 04 May 2009 - 03:12 PM.

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