Yes, you can do it, but only if you observe some rules.
When you have Windows reinstalled, updated, firewall on and some AV program up, then install the following on your clean computer to prevent anything from jumping from external drive to your clean Windows installation.
Download, and run Flash Disinfector
, and save it to your desktop (Windows Vista and Windows 7 users
, scroll down)*Please disable any AV / ScriptBlockers as they might detect Flash Disinfector to be malicious and block it. Hence, the failure in executing. You can enable them back after the cleaning process*
Note: As part of its routine, Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive that was plugged in when you ran it. Do not delete this folder...it will help protect your drives from future infection by keeping the autorun file from being installed on the root drive and running other malicious files.Windows Vista and Windows 7 users
- Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.
- The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.
- Hold down the Shift key when inserting the drive until Windows detects it to keep autorun.inf from executing if it is present.
- Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
- Reboot your computer when done.
Flash Disinfector is not compatible with the above Windows version.
Please, use Panda USB Vaccine
THEN, scan entire external drive with your AV program BEFORE moving anything from that drive out.