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You can back up all your important documents, personal data files, photos to a CD or DVD drive, not a flash drive or external hard drive as they may become compromised in the process. The safest practice is not to backup any executable files (*.exe), screensavers (*.scr), autorun (.ini) or script files (.php, .asp, .htm, .html, .xml ) files because they may be infected by malware. Avoid backing up compressed files (.zip, .cab, .rar) that have executables inside them as some types of malware can penetrate compressed files and infect the .exe files within them. Other types of malware may even disguise itself by hiding a file extension or adding to the existing extension as shown here (click Figure 1 to enlarge) so be sure you look closely at the full file name. If you cannot see the file extension, you may need to reconfigure Windows to show file name extensions. Then make sure you scan the backed up data with your anti-virus prior to to copying it back to your hard drive.
I'm just going to salvage and transfer what I want or need from my existing saved files onto a CD and buy a new system.
Please read How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected. That should explain the most common ways malware is contracted and spread.
Since this is the second of these "security" viruses that have attacked my system in a one-month period, I'm frankly frustrated that once fixed, I'll just be the target for another one again.
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