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Getting rid of nasty critters in my external Hard Drives

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 11:41 PM

Thanks for any help, If I need to post this sommewhere else, please let me know, or if a mod moves it - Thank you.

Used restore disk on computer, went to (3) External Hard Drives to clean files off of them (Music, pics and vids) While deleting I was prompted with “ A program wants to run…. I was distracted and was thinking along the lines of, “Are you sure you want to delete theses items….” I clecked, “Run” not just once but on several files on the Hard Drives and then it dawned on me,

Wait a minute, Run a program, huh?” to late my gift was files that keep duplicating, and duplicating… they duplicate and grow in size fastrer than delete can delete. I shut down the computer, unplugged all 3 External Hard Drives, did a system restore; however for safety sakes, I re-ran the restore disk to factory settings, re downloaded all updates, etc…

Current status: The Hard Drives sit and I am not powering them up or anything until I can get a bit educated on how to proceed!

IE 8
Windows Vista (home premium)
Norton This is currently the only anti-virus I have in an Active status. A free edition came with the computer, so I haven’t removed it or anything. I just finished downloading the last Windows update a few minutes ago, so currently I am all up to date.
Downloaded but not yet run and set up:
IOLO Technoligies Antivirus
System Mechanic
AVIRA antivirus

Please advise if there is anything else that will be good to download, also if I should save it for later when to run it.



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Posted 21 December 2009 - 12:46 AM

sounds like you got some sort of virus. I think, if it were me, to avoid any kind of virus in the windows system Id download a linux Live CD (Ubuntu or linux Mint are very user friendly) boot it up off the DVD, and from their hook up the external drives, and go through and pull out all the files you want and put them on USB drive, then reformat the external drives. Then I would use a anti virus program like AVG to scan the USB drives once you hook them up on the windows side just to be sure, and double check the files to make sure they are the ones you want and recognize. The reason for this is if there is a virus on those external drives (and not a windows bug of some sort) it will not affect linux in the least bit and your computer will be safe. now if its a software bug, then it will likely do it again, but if it does it under Linux its most likely not a virus.



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Posted 19 January 2010 - 02:17 AM


Issue resolved.

Since the problem folder(s) would not delete one by one I sent each folder to the recycle bin and if there was no problem sending it there I then went to the “restore selected items” choice in the recycle bin, restored the folder and moved it to another hard drive, Eventually I was left with only the problem folder on the hard drive, I then reformatted the hard drive completely.

While not the way I would have preferred to take care of the problem it was a way!

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