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External Hard Drive Infected?

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#1 Hockey_fan


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Posted 23 July 2009 - 12:12 AM

Hello everyone,

I have just got past a SpyCrush virus. It was the one where windows explorer restarts itself a bunch of times into an endless loop. My external harddrive was not plugged at the time.

However, I created a new account to see if the virus still exists, it did not restart. But when I plugged my external hard drive into it, the same error mesage came up again "Windows Explorer is now finding a solution" or "Windows explorer is restarting".

It does this once, and only once at the beginning when you plug the external into my laptop.

I then hooked up my external to a different computer, and I used Malware to scan the entire external. the result was 0 infected files.

Would this strategy work?; Say if I made copies of the stuff on the external and put them on a different computer. Then delete everything I have on the external...then put back everything I once had on the external, and then plug it in?

Would it work? I dont wanna lose anything, because incase if the external actually is infected, I dont wanna put the same infection back on my laptop...

So what should I do? Is there a different way?

Thanks! And help will be much appreciated!!!

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#2 garmanma


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Posted 23 July 2009 - 09:53 AM

Please download
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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#3 Hockey_fan

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 05:10 PM

I have tried this, but I still get the error report when I hook up my external to my laptop....

The external keeps having windows explorer to restart.

it is almost like a SpyCrush infection, only I dont have it on my laptop, and it only happends whenever I plug in my External hard drive via USB.

Error Reports:

"Windows Explorer is finding a solution to the problem"

"Windows Explorer is now restarting"

Edited by Hockey_fan, 24 July 2009 - 12:43 AM.

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