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How to safely scan data files (or other files) on external drive?


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#1 Mel_3

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 09:28 AM

I have copied files from an infected computer to...
- a flash drive and a
- portable hard drive that plugs into a usb port

- the files I want to copy are both data files and application files...
- Data files include: text files, ms office documents, image files, videos, etc
- Application files include: MS Access mdb (data base) files which may include visual basic for applications code
- Ditto for Excel files
- Some application development stuff like MS Visual Studio Projects

How can I safely scan these files before putting them on a clean computer?

Thanks for any help.

PS

I think I have 'Autorun' turned off on the clean computer via using RegEdit to go to...
HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer > "NoDriveTypeAutoRun"

... and verifying that the hex value of the first byte is 95
... which as I understand it 'exclueds' unknown, removable, and remote drives from 'autorun'
... via instructions here... http://autorun.moonvalley.com/enable.htm

Edited by hamluis, 08 July 2012 - 10:55 AM.
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Posted 08 July 2012 - 12:03 PM

Install Panda USB Vaccine, or BitDefender’s USB Immunizer on your computer to protect it from any infected USB device.
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Posted 08 July 2012 - 12:14 PM

Thanks Broni! Any advantage to choosing one over the other?

Thanks again for the help !

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 01:01 PM

They're both the same.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 04:37 PM

Thanks Broni,
After reading CNET I chose Panda but your right, they seem to do the same thing.
Thanks again for the help.

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