A couple of days ago my computer became infected with VBS: win32/ramnit b or something similar, avast! picked it up, and I ran a boot-time scan with avast! and then ran MalwareBites, Spybot S&D, all to no avail.
I did some googling and a few results sent me here, where I read that the only proper solution would be to format and reinstall, but before I do I'd want to save some personal files.
I have around 35gb of music I want to save, as well as around 10gb of pictures and video, but if I copy these files to an external hard drive, will the infection spread to the external HD, and reinfect my computer once I've formatted it and installed a new OS, or should it be fine?
If not, is there any other way I can move the files without spreading the infection?
I'm running Windows XP Home, and thinking of changing to a Linux distro.
Thanks for reading, Ryan.
Edited by Budapest, 24 February 2011 - 05:59 PM.
Moved from Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs ~BP