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scan contaminated ext HD without contaminating the scanning PC


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#1 Tomterific

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 02:18 PM

Don't want to loose what is on it, just clean it.

 

Not sure it can be done.

 

Can anyone tell me how?


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Posted 01 July 2017 - 02:29 PM

My recommendation would be to go to the Panda Security site and download and install Panda USB Vaccine, making sure to enable the NTFS vaccine feature since you're dealing with an external hard drive.  This should protect you from anything that would auto-execute when you plug in the drive.

 

After it's plugged in I would immediately force a scan on it with the antivirus/security suite software on your computer and let it quarantine whatever it finds.  After that I'd do the same thing on that drive (or the whole computer, your call) with an antimalware scanner such as Malwarebytes or Zemana Antimalware.  Zemana has a portable version that can be run without actually installing it on your system.  I would, however, recommend that you have an antimalware scanner installed regardless of the one you choose.  The portable version can be very handy in this particular circumstance, though.

 

I'm sure someone else will probably recommend yet another set of antimalware tools that you might use either in place of the two I just mentioned or in addition to them.  But this is a good start.


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Posted 01 July 2017 - 05:08 PM

You could load the PC in question with a bootable LINUX scanner, such as Kaspersky's Rescue CD....


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Posted 01 July 2017 - 05:27 PM

So much depends on what you believe this drive is infected with, too.

 

If it's something that requires user intervention to spread, and you know this, then just plugging in the drive and using tools such as I mentioned before should work just fine.

 

If it's something like a worm that changes the equation significantly, and using a bootable solution that does not expose your computer's actual operating system and all that goes with that to infection is the way to go.


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    ~ Ruth Marcus,  November 10, 2017, in Washington Post article, Bannon is right: It’s no coincidence The Post broke the Moore story


 

 

 

              

 


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 08:47 AM

Great help. I'll try these. Thanks.






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