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A lesson to me, and for others !


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#1 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 05:39 PM

Stupidity is a punishable offence, or so Robert Heinlein said in 'the Moon is a harsh mistress'. He was right !

 

Short story - took the hard drive out of an old computer which hadn't been used for five years or so to recover some photos for its owner. A nice simple job. Discovered it was divided into two partitions after I plugged it into my desktop. One was empty, the other contained some five or six Windows back-ups. So I decompressed the newest one into the empty partition and copied the pictures out of 'Users' into my 'C' drive prior to burning them to a CD.

 

Purely as a matter of routine, it was due, after doing this I ran an MBAM scan on my system - 347 PUPs and 2 trojans !  The next hour and a half was spent cleaning up my own computer and this hard drive. I now believe they are both clean but I could have used the hour and a half more productively.

 

MORAL - if you connect a strange drive scan the damn thing before you do anything else !

 

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 06:50 PM

Been there , done that , years ago.

 

Images are a life saver , i have a dedicated PC for repairs and retrievals etc , 2 Partitions , and saved Photos / Files go to the the D:\ Drive.

If the my C:\ Drive becomes infected from the recovery files being infected on said customer Drive , i dont worry to much.

I run Avast and have for years and most possible infections are found during the process of recoveries and deleted , then its just a matter of reloading the Image at completion.

 

Nothings perfect these days when it comes to Pups, Malware , Viruses, etc we all get caught out at some stage and learn from it.

I had a customer / friend i trusted 6 yrs ago and loaded his Laptop to my network to repair it , 20 min later i had 3 Pcs infected , took a couple of hrs to cleanup and my own PCs , these days i dont find that Bugs have developed too advanced for long repairs to occur,  but Crypto viruses , serious Malware its still easier to reinstall the operating systems and count your loses if backups were,nt performed earlier. 



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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:25 PM

:hysterical:

 

.....sorry mate !....i just couldn't resist !...( it also bought back a memory of my own stuff up)


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Posted Yesterday, 03:36 PM

Post #1:
I'm pretty sure Heinlein also said "stupidity is the only universal capital crime". Be glad that those 349 nasties didn't kill off the files being recovered.

I do wonder what sort of virus could infect you purely from copying files though, was there something on that drive set to automatically run an infecting .exe file when it was plugged into a windows PC?

Edited by rp88, Yesterday, 03:37 PM.

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#5 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted Yesterday, 05:50 PM

Heinlein said a lot things about stupidity, I don't think he had much toleration for fools but I really ticked all the boxes that day !

 

Having expanded the latest back up I then copied the whole User folder across to my own hard drive so as to extract the photos. I suspect my own files/system wasn't actually infected since almost all the file paths led to this User folder. Still took an hour and a half before I was satisfied that both my system and this guesting drive were clean.

 

Memo to self :-  Scan strange drives before you do anything with them !

 

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