This topic is highly hypothetical. Mostly because I have another topic in the Malware removal forum, and intend to wait out the storm in my C:/ drive FIRST.
There is malware currently in my C:/, and I can either patiently wait for a reply, or reformat it!
The latter is seeming very attractive at the moment as I haven't reformatted it in a good 2 years now. HOWEVER. As mentioned, my external HDD is infected too! Probably by jumping ship from C:/ to E:/ when my external HDD was attached during the time of my infection (about 2 weeks ago).
Clearly, the best option is to clean both C:/ and E:/ with as little data destruction as possible (which is why I'm patiently waiting for a reply on my other topic).
BUT IN THE EVENT that perhaps my topic doesn't recieve feedback or takes longer than expected (I enlist in the Army in a week or so) I WILL reformat my computer - through no fault of BleepingComputer's for I know you are all very busy volunteers - I just want it to be good and ready for when I come back to it --
--IN THAT CASE, I want to ask how might it be possible to clean my external HDD without ruining my freshly reformatted computer? OR how can I clean both C:/ and E:/ simultaneously without needing to reformat either (after my E:/ is safe, I will reformat my C:/ though).
I do not want to reformat my E:/ drive. It holds every last copy of everything close to my computing needs.
I do, however intend to wait for a reply on how to clean both C:/ and E:/ on my other topic in the other forum branch for a while longer.
I suspect that cleaning out my infected E:/ is safer done THROUGH an infected computer. I don't know. I am a novice.
Things I have done:
- Disabled AUTOPLAY so that whatever was instantly jumping ship when connected doesn't move. OR IF IT STILL DOES MOVE: OH NO!
- Left my E:/ disconnected for a while now.
- Posted on behalf of my infected C:/ drive in another section of BleepingComputer - THIS IS WHERE I NOTICED MY E:/ WAS IN TROUBLE.
I am ready and willing to do anything suggested, and for reference's sake, ALL LOGS that I created rest here:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/262567/trojan-and-infection-logs-and-requested-resolution/
I realised that I left out some steps outlined (creating Rootkit log and attaching ATTACH.txt) in that log. But I can no longer edit that topic!
This is my last cry for HEELPPP!