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Virus spread?

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#1 Shabuti


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Posted 12 February 2010 - 02:52 AM

Hi, I had the "system is infected" virus and I think it finally sent my 4 year old hard drive packing, I did a windows repair, but all that happens is windows asks me if I want to activate it, I say yes, I can see my old desk top background (which i assume means I still have most of my files on that disk?) but nothing else happens, it just freezes with my old desk top background, with no icons etc.

So I have decided to go buy a new hard disk and the new windows today and install windows on the fresh HD. My question basically is, when I plug my old HD that originally had the virus as a back up disk to the new one, can the "your system is infected" virus spread onto the new HD? Or did I kill it off with I did a windows repair?

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 08:32 AM

Reinstalling Windows (repair install) without first wiping the entire hard drive with a repartition/reformat will not remove the infection. The reinstall will only overwrite the Windows files. Any malware on the system causing problems will still be there afterwards so a Repair will NOT help!. As such, there is no guarantee, you will not infect the new drive when slaving the old one to it.

Starting over by wiping your drive, reformatting, and performing a clean install of the OS or doing a factory restore with a vendor-specific Recovery Disk or Recovery Partition removes everything and is the safest action.
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