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#1 polarpimp

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 08:44 AM

i hav a an old computer and i am positive that it has malware on it. I am planing to take the hard drive out and make it an external hard drive. If i do this will the malware thats on my old hard drive transfer itself onto my new pc, when i plug it in?

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 09:11 AM

When you attach the drive hold down the shift key and run this program

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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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Also scan the drive with your AV
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Posted 28 June 2009 - 12:57 PM

I have a external hook up I use to rescue personal files off of hard drives that are infected with viruses so bad they won't start or aren't usable if they do.
I have never got a virus rescuing folders/files off of a drive hooked up as a external.

Keep in mind that the operating system on the infected drive isn't running when you use it as an external.

If you were to hook it up as an external, open My Computer, right click on the drive & click format, then do the format , everything on the drive would be gone .
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