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Installing a HD with Viruses

by rgrayton / December 15, 2007 8:36 PM PST

I am have a hard drive littered with malware/viruses. There was no virus/secutity SW installed on it. I can't really get it to do much in the PC it is in. I can get Windows to boot, but anytime I open a window, it closes. I would like to copy some of My Documents off. How stupid would it be to take the HD out, put it in as a second slave on another computer, protected by Norton? I could then run a scan. I am unfamiliar with the details of this subject, but am otherwise technically competent. Thank you for any help you could give.

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Before you do that...
by eddie11013 / December 15, 2007 11:09 PM PST
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viewing and copying a drive with viruses
by rgrayton / December 16, 2007 5:23 AM PST
In reply to: Before you do that...

In general, if I do not run anything or open anything on the infected drive, only copy files to a CD -- can the viruses get into the uninfected computer?

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Yes, it can, reason being
by eddie11013 / December 16, 2007 5:49 AM PST

the viruses attach themselves to anything and everything. If you want to take the risk, you can copy the files to disc and then scan the disc "before" you actually download them to your new computer. However, keep in mind, a single scan by one program may 'not' detect the viruses. That's why some people run multi scans with different programs to ensure their clean. This is based on "knowing" your infected. I once worked on a friends computer, that had no protection, and ran five different 'anti' programs, and they 'all' found something. Just an FYI.
You might also want to create a restore point on your new computer before you attempt this, not that it will help if you get infected, by at least you will have a reference point going forward. Even after you finished your scans, and you decide to go forward and download to your new computer, I would then run multi-scans on my new computer, just to be safe.
Here are some additional tools where you can run some online scans if you like: A-Squared On Line Trojan Scan -- http://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/
BitDefender On Line Scan -- http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
Ewido On Line Scan -- http://www.ewido.net/en/onlinescan/
F-Secure On Line Scan -- http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
House Call Anti-Virus http://housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/start_corp.asp
Kaspersky http://usa.kaspersky.com/services/free-virus-scanner.php

Good luck in whatever you decide to do.

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by rgrayton / December 16, 2007 9:23 PM PST

Eddie, thanks for you help.

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