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External Hard drive (1TB) creates Recycler link virus

by Aldrich23 / March 24, 2013 8:43 AM PDT

Hi Admin, i have a 1TB external hard drive shrinking all my files into one link kinda virus. tried to download all the possible program i can to see my normal files back again. but after tons of reformatting / rebooting / installing new OS (Windows 8 pro) for fresher OS, then installed Norton Anti Virus [Updated], after doing some steps provided in some forum. he told me to download a UsbFix to delete the virus:


but it failed again, I tried to backing up my files to another flash drive and it also affected the other flash drive creating links and affecting every usb that connects into the PC and Laptop. How can i see my files again? T_T is there any steps or possible way to eliminate that virus? or is my Unit, PC, Laptop, and 2 external hard drives are infected with this kind of virus? Please help T_T Thank you so much.

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I'd restore to factory settings
by wpgwpg / March 24, 2013 9:39 AM PDT

First thing I'd do would be to save any data I want to keep from my C: drive. Then I'd restore to factory settings per my user guide. When done, the next thing I'd do would be to install an antivirus and get it up to date. Then (and only then) I'd see what's on those external drives.

Good luck.

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Already did the factory restore settings.
by Aldrich23 / March 24, 2013 9:17 PM PDT

<span id="INSERTION_MARKER">Actually i have done the factory settings since it was my only move to at least prevent spreading the virus. my PC has windows 7 home basic (default), then ultimate (non-licensed), professional (non-licensed). then i decided to buy a licensed to have support with is windows 8 pro. have it installed, same with the Norton 360. fully scanned drive C and other USB infected., detected no viruses, but still the link keeps on coming back (i researched about the "run d l l 32 dot e x e' ), and i don't know if my whole system has been infected with the virus, or just the external hard drive.<span>

<span>Based with my history, i installed many OS using windows anytime upgrade, but with no valid licensed product key, so i was not supported by windows. from what i understand now is that with my PC not supported, even though i have Norton 360, i assumed i was protected when i downloaded a torrent file from private-bay. and that time, my External hard drive was plugged in so i think it was infected when i tried to install the downloaded file (corrupted i think). after which I headed back home, having this virus on my external.i could send you the log files if you need more references.

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Re: non-licensed and private-bay
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 24, 2013 9:27 PM PDT

Time for a final solution.

Boot from a Linux disk or USB-stick. Use that to format all your USB-sticks and delete all partitions on all your external disks. Then boot from DBAN disk or stick and use that to fully erase your internal hard disks. All is gone then. If there's any data you want to keep, use Linux to copy ONLY THAT DATA to an external device or Dropbox.

Then install a licensed version of Windows and an antivirus.

Then carefully copy that few data files you set apart, without opening them. Then use your antivirus to scan them and quarantine all it doesn't trust.

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