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Scanning an infected OS externally as good as scanning it from it's own OS? [Moved]


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#1 dontknowitall

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 01:50 AM

Hi,

If I have a heavily infected OS and I hook it up to a working PC as an external drive and scan it, will the viruses be removed and found as well as if it was scanned directly from the infected OS?

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 01:47 AM

As no logs have been posted, I am shifting this topic from the specialized HiJack This forum to the Am I Infected forum.

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 02:25 AM

Yes, that would be one way to attack the viruses.
That also puts the other computer at an equal risk of infection. You might just end up with TWO infected computers.

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 02:38 AM

It depends... if the drive has an 'autorun.inf' in the drive directory then it will infect the other computer as well (this technique is used to infect memory sticks with worms, as they open automatically when you click on the drive icon)




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