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Recovering from Antivir Solution Pro: Are My External Hard Drives Affected?


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#1 mhouses

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 05:03 PM

Hello! Thanks in advance for helping me! I'm not sure where this topic should go, so I hope this is the right place! Please let me know if I am wrong.

This evening I got infected by this Antivir Solution Pro program. I'm not sure what it is, but it infected my computer through the ads on a website I visited. The program basically showed up as a bogus antivirus screen, titled "Antivir Solution Pro", and I was unable to start any programs, even inconspicuous ones like MSWord. No matter what I tried to start, it would say "Application cannot be executed. The file (file name) is infected. Do you want to activate your antivirus software now?" with a Yes/No option. It also periodically gave these "Attention! Spyware Alert!" popups on my computer, and also would periodically start up my Internet explorer to redirect it to adult sites. I was also unable to visit any webpages at all because the software would claim that every page I was visiting was a source of infection. In the end, I didn't know what to do so I copied over all my files to my external hard drive, and re-installed Windows.

So now I've reinstalled Windows, AVG, Spybot S&D, and Spywareblaster, and MS Office, but I have a question about the files I backed up in my external hard drive. I read from some other posts on this forum that some viruses could reinfect the computer via external hard drives and flash drives, as they could be compromised. I didn't think to back up my data on CDs instead, so all I have is my external hard drive.

I'd like to know if anyone could tell me if it's OK or not, or what I should do? I do need some of the files (photos, pdfs, doc files for my work etc) and I'd like to know if there is anyway I could ensure my hard drive is clean before bringing them back onto my computer.

Many thanks!

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