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External hard drive restore to hopefully disinfected computer

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#1 jeffjeffjeff42


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Posted 29 July 2015 - 12:30 AM

Hi all--


After a Laplink transfer of data from my slow Windows 7 computer to faster Windows 7 computer, I discovered many of my programs and my data and photos were gone, or at least inaccessible, and I will assume gone.


I disinfected with Malwarebytes  (which found and eliminated hundreds of items) and then Kaspersky TDS Killer anti-rootkit (which found nothing it disliked.)  


Now I wonder if restoring my data/programs/photos which are backed up to my Seagate external hard drive could carry over some of the same malware that attacked my data in my computer.  Is there some way I can examine and disinfect my backed up data without contaminating my computer?


Thanks for any suggestions,



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Posted 01 August 2015 - 08:04 AM

Sorry for the wait. I hope the drive in question is not hooked up to your computer.
First we disable Autoruns.Now reconnect your drive

Next up is an online scanner called ESET

ESET Online Scanner
  • Click here to download the installer for ESET Online Scanner and save it to your Desktop.
  • Disable all your antivirus and antimalware software - see how to do that here.
  • Right click on esetsmartinstaller_enu.exe and select Run as Administrator.
  • Place a checkmark in YES, I accept the Terms of Use, then click Start. Wait for ESET Online Scanner to load its components.
  • Select Enable detection of potentially unwanted applications.
  • Click Advanced Settings, then place a checkmark in the following:
    • Remove found threats
    • Scan archives
    • Scan for potentially unsafe applications
    • Enable Anti-Stealth technology
    • For Current scan targets click Change
    • On the window that pops up place a checkmark on the drive you want scanned
  • Click Start to begin scanning.
  • ESET Online Scanner will start downloading signatures and scan. Please be patient, as this scan can take quite some time.
  • When the scan is done, click List threats (only available if ESET Online Scanner found something).
  • Click Export, then save the file to your desktop.
  • Click Back, then Finish to exit ESET Online Scanner.
Post the contents of the ESET export file in your next post.

Edited by Bezukhov, 01 August 2015 - 08:44 AM.

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