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What not to back up if I have Sality

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#1 BonbonRose


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Posted 05 June 2011 - 07:55 PM

Hi all,

I have Sality on my computer for a while now. Also I know that to really get rid of it for sure, I have to reformat my system. And Here lies the problem, I'm not sure what are the files that this virus infects in order to avoid them in the backup process.

When I searched this, all I could find that Sality infects executable file (.exe files, right? or there any executable files with different extensions?). On the other hand someone gave me more ones.. They are: .bat/ .dll/ .com/ .exe/ .scr/ .htm/ .html/ .xml/ zip/ .rar/ .doc/ .jpg/ .pdf

Apart form that I don't know most these extensions; I also don't know if they're the right ones and if this's the complete list.
What about what I can call "brother-extensions" of some of these ones. Like .doc, what about the rest of Windows office extensions; or other image extensions.. and so on.

He also said that Sality infects compressed files like .jpgs. When I searched this I couldn't find any thing on types of compressed files other than zips and rars.

Thanks in advance

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#2 boopme


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Posted 05 June 2011 - 08:00 PM

Hello, I moved this to the Am I Infected forum as it will get passed on in here.
fairly basic
2 guidelines/rules when backing up

1) Backup all your important data files, pictures, music, work etc... and save it onto an external hard-drive. These files usually include .doc, .txt, .mp3, .jpg etc...
2) Do not backup any executables files or any window files. These include .exe/.scr/.htm/.html/.xml/.zip/.rar files as they may contain traces of malware. Also, .html or .htm files that are webpages should also be avoided.
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