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Should I bother getting rid of redirect virus?


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#1 wingawalker

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:36 AM

I'm wondering if I should bother pursuing getting rid of the google redirect virus I have. I plan on copying all the data in My Documents to two separate external hard drives and installing Windows 7 anyway, so will that get rid of it with the new system files? I have run Hitman, Kapersky, erased old Java and updated, run Microsoft Security Essentials, TDSSKiller and FixTDSS. There were a few trojans found with MSE but that is all and the virus remains so I'm assuming combofix would be the next step. I am afraid of combofix for all the scary warnings (although I'm not a dunce on the computer I've never used it before) and am just wondering if I even need to worry about it if the virus is not going to be carried over with a new Windows installation. My IT guy says the virus most likely will not be copied with my data to the external drive, but I wanted a few more opinions. Thanks!

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 08:47 PM

If you are going to wipe the drive first,it will wipe the malware too.

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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Posted 25 January 2012 - 11:44 AM

Thanks for this info! I'll delete these types of files out of MyDocuments before I copy over to the external hard drive!

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:05 PM

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