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How to I clean an external hard drive?


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#1 Baybadoll

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 03:42 PM

Hi.
My external hard drive was connected to a computer with a major virus/trojan issue. I need to get data off this drive. But don't know how to make sure its clean before I do that. I don't want to infect my other computer. What do I do?
Thanks, Katilyn

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 03:53 PM

If your other computer (or any computer) is adequately protected...there is no reason to fear attaching a possibly infected hard drive.

Any attached drive is capable of being scanned by anti-malware programs (AV, antispyware, etc.).

If that system is not properly protected...then I suggest you rethink your approach to computer safety/protection.

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 04:00 PM

Thank you!

I will attach the hard drive and run my AVG antivirus and the malwarebytes and see how it goes.

Appreciate the help.
Katilyn

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 04:11 PM

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.
  • Hold down the Shift key when inserting the drive until Windows detects it to keep autorun.inf from executing if it is present.
  • Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
  • Reboot your computer when done.
Note: As part of its routine, Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive that was plugged in when you ran it. Do not delete this folder...it will help protect your drives from future infection by keeping the autorun file from being installed on the root drive and running other malicious files.
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Posted 30 May 2009 - 05:47 PM

Thank you both very much!

AVG found 2 viruses and removed them.
Malwarebytes said it was clean.
And I ran the flash disinfector.

All looks good.

Thanks,
Katilyn

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 06:33 PM

Easily done, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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