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Can A Virus Jump To An EHD?


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#1 GymClassHero

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:45 PM

If my computer has an infection, and I connect my External Hard Drive, will it jump? And if so, will it only happen if I transfer an infected file? Or will the virus jump as soon as it detects a new hard drive attached to the system, regardless of file transfer?

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:58 PM

A lot depends on the virus. They certainly can jump-often times its only by transfering an infected file, but Ive seen some move on their own. Each virus is different.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:06 PM

Google redirect virus.

I wanna lifeboat my files in case something goes wrong.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:14 PM

I see you already have a log posted here I would wait until a member of the malware team replies to it (just be patient it can take awhile sometimes due to the large amount of people posting and limited support team) and when someone replies, ask the person assisting you. I do not know enough about the goodle redirect virus to give solid advice. I have also recomended mods moving this topic to a malware removal section of the forum so perhaps someone better qualified can answer, what I do recomend is to not use the computer, if you have to at the bare minimum until a member of the MRT team can assist you.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:16 PM

Thanks. :)

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:35 PM

Now that your log is properly posted, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a Malware Removal Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the logs you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the Malware Removal Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the Malware Removal Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the Malware Removal Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another Malware Removal Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.

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