Posted 17 July 2009 - 11:05 AM
I am the village idiot when it comes to viruses & infections and I would prefer to stay that way, my mind presently has enough clutter. However, one of computers suddenly exhibited the search redirection problem after a friend used it to check his email. I scanned with Stopzilla's free scan which said Skynet trojan was present. I then scanned with several other spyware scans which did not detect it. A little research led me to believe that it is difficult to get rid of even though many software sellers claim to have the cure. So I pulled the infected harddrive and installed it in another unused box that is isolated from my 3 other computers and it is not connected to my home network. My intention is to copy what I need from the infected drive and then reformat and reload etc.
MY QUESTIONS: Can I safely copy files from the infected drive to another drive via my network without infecting my other drives ?
Can I safely copy files to a CD or DVD using the isolated computer without infecting the CD or DVD ?
I am only interested in some recent photo files that are on the infected drive and everything else can be sacrificed as I have it backed up. I am personally infected with that old disease known as "Oh hell, I can do that !" so my first inclination was to start searching out hidden files and find that damn Skynet and destroy it ! Until I read a post from the guy who spent 4 frustrating days doing that and still hadn't cured his problem. At that point formatting sounded so good and easy.
I thank all for their help and for sharing their knowledge and experience with the rest of us.