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Viruses and Malware
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I always suggest connecting such a drive to a MAC. Most Mac's can't get the same version of viruses as PCs so it's safe to collect your files AFTER you've run a thorough scan to be sure those files are not damaged. Then you can reformat the disc using the Mac to completely and utterly erase the problem. Then put it back into your PC and reformat again and you'll definitely be rid of the problem.
The whole reason we have kept my husband's 8 year old Mac is for problems like this
A similar method to the one posted above is to attach the drive, and then access it via Linux, either through a live CD or a machine that actually has it installed. Same principle as the Mac; viruses for windows tend to not cross over much.
I think the best way is to have antivirus software monitor on the computer where you add/mount the drive with the virus. The antivirus software will block access to the infected file.
But you can add it too without antivirus software installed, if you know exactly what files are infected, if you don't execute them, the risk for your computer is minimal.
Four years ago I bought a HP at OfficeMax. Cost $799.99 plus tax and then I also wanted to be on the safe side and got the MaxAssurance.
Well, about a year and a half ago I started having small problems with my computer and they sent a person (I though he was certified, NOT) to my house to check out my computer and fix the problem.
The last time he came was about a week before my contract ran out.
I was having graphic problems, the screen was off set and it was only happening at start up.
They started to "fix" my problems and it wasn't working.
I believed then and do now that it was a program I put on my computer was at fault.
I didn't know what program it was so I let him "work his whatever".
They put in a "new" motherboard and set a "new"
Neither fixed the problem and they said that I was on my own.
They refused to fix what was wrong with my computer and when they did that, my monitor was shipped to me with scratches on it and the computer was coming up with Compaq on the screen, off set.
I decided to just put the windows xp back on the computer to just get rid of all the problems. (they would not come back and fix what they had messed up and would not fix the problems with my computer because they said that my contract had run out!!)
When I tried to re-load my computer, I am now getting I can not get into the darn thing because I believe the motherboard is not the original one and the program will not load.
I am stuck with a computer I paid (with tax and insurance cost) $1000.00 and can't use!
Anyone help at all PLEASE
A few things I want to address: when opening folders(even the drive itself) would the display(thumbnails) be executing any files in order to display their visual snippets?
Also as far as moving to a Unix OS to then inspect, especially on a system that contains your system(as in either the LiveBoot or DualBoot option used on the same system holding your hard drive with your OS(Windows or Mac or Linux), your risk of exposure is still present. For instance, suppose you downloaded a Linux virus, a Mac virus, and a Windows virus. How would you know, anyway? Well, by entering a system, any one of these viruses could passively infect any of your operating systems *(whether executed in a user-negligent action(copying all and pasting) or unforeseen dangers like embedded viruses within pictures)
*I'm not sure if a LiveCD/LiveFlashDrive OS would be susceptible to viruses because of its relatively fixed state of system ~employment.
Dual boot options are double the risk in that one file inadvertently may corrupt the other OS's you use.
My 5 year old desktop was infected with something a few months ago. I have Process Explorer and can see a list of random looking letters and numbers listed as one of the DLLs under IE. It says it's located in the Temporary Internet Files and contains "Anti-Phishing", though I've looked in every way I know how to and cannot find this file. My Avast said my pc was clean, but it keeps re-directing my browser to some ad site or to random search pages. I've used Safe Mode with Networking to download another product that was highly rated, and still it keeps showing up in addition to the unbelievably slow performance. Recently, I bought a new laptop and I'd like to know if there is a way to scan the old computer using my anti-virus on the laptop prior to copying the files to some form of removable media; so that I can at least get pictures and necessary documents off without risking infection to the new laptop. Don't have a Mac and my technical skills are not going to be up to learing Linux. Just want to get some pictures, some necessary files, and then wipe the old computer clean--along with the nasty little whatever it is--preferably without infecting my new one.
Would sincerely appreciate the help.
This comment is for sharon even thought this thread is quite old, a lot of the malware/spyware thats out there can hijack your browser settings making it redirect to other things. A great program for this is hijackthis, there are tons of forums out there that you can post your log and they will tell you what is causing you problems. It is also great for other malware affecting your system not only your browser as it scans your whole computer, the registry everything that starts up and all the components loading into your browser. Hope this helps someone :)
My desktop computer was infected with a virus that cannot easily be removed. We are going to try the Power Eraser from Norton Internet Security. My question is: Will we be infected with the virus if we copy the photos and program files before running the Power Eraser Scan? Thanks for your help!
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