Just last week I needed to get a file out of an infected volume. To do that I booted up my UBUNTU CD (no install needed as I run from CD) and it's immune to that pest but I could copy the files out.
Ok, files saved.
Back to Windows and its issues. The moderators all sing "We only lose what we didn't backup." Ok tell us the plan for the day the hard drive vanishes. My answer changes with that plan.
Also, can you reinstall the OS? That is, are all the restore media ready?
Greetings board. I need to update hubbies computer's OS. I have not done an update in a very long time...as it recommends to backup my system before the download. I have no idea what that is...how to do it...and what would happen if I failed. SO the windows is outdated...(we have had two virus's this year-not sure if that is pertinent). The service pack number is KB936929. Any advice? What does backup system mean? And since I am a novice, how do I know I backed everything important to safety?
Also, we have a USB flashdrive that we think may be infected. It has a ton of valuable info on it. Can I risk opening it on the computer? Is there some way to harvest the data and transfer it safely to another medium?
I think the last virus we got...new years eve is correlated to the USB useage done that day. Is that possible?
Sorry this thread question is so vast...any help on any point would be so appreciated.
Happy New Year Cnet! Woo Hoo.