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Subject: RE: Several programs stopped working
Thread ID: 310985 Message ID: 311024 # Views: 35 # Ratings: 0
Version: Not Applicable Category: Operating Systems
Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:28:40 AM         
   


> > Hi Jun
> > Yesterday, I had such a case with a harddrive that I suspect has virus. Now, there was some data there I wanted to have back, but I didn't dare to attach the drive to my clean computer (which has antivirus). My worry is that if I attach it to the clean PC, then before the Antivirus has completely loaded and is fully operational I'm afraid that it's already too late, and that malware has already moved from the infected HD to the clean one.
> > Can you tell me something about that? Do you think it should be safe to attach an infected drive as a slave to a clean PC?
> > PS: I'm using Avira Free AV.
> >
>
> Hi Samir,
>
> Not likely, since a secondary HDD does not do much actively when the other PC is booting from the primary one.
> There were only a few known issues with Windows drive icon vulnerabilities that had all been fixed by Windows Update in the past, as far as I know, and on the other hand autorun.inf should come into play only if you are doing some "hot plugging"
>
> However, IMO the safer way would be to leave the HDD in the old PC, and use one of the specialized Linux distributions to boot the old PC from CD ROM - those distributions are often offering a safe FTP Server option, for instance "Knoppicillin" has such a thing IIRC:
> You'd boot the Linux distribution on the old PC, start the FTP server feature interactively, and then you can use a different client in the LAN to access the FTP server (for instance using the Firefox "FireFTP" extension).
> One advantage of not touching the old HDD is that sometimes those old devices might get damaged just by moving them.
> https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=knoppicillin
>
>
>
> hth
> -Stefan


OK, thank you for the info Stefan.
> Not likely, since a secondary HDD does not do much actively when the other PC is booting from the primary one.
You know, when I connect a slave HDD to my PC, sometimes Windows shows a balloon in the systray, saying "New HD detected, installing your new hardware...". I thought that that very process might trigger some virus activity, since Windows is doing "something" (don't know what) with that drive.

I'll look into that FTP/Linus stuff when I have time. Thanks.


Regards
Samir

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Several programs stopped working Posted by Ilya Rabyy @ 6/27/2011 10:17:32 PM
RE: Several programs stopped working Posted by Samir H. @ 6/27/2011 11:51:03 PM
RE: Several programs stopped working Posted by James Frye @ 6/28/2011 6:15:08 AM
RE: Several programs stopped working Posted by Ilya Rabyy @ 6/28/2011 10:11:15 PM
RE: Several programs stopped working Posted by Jun Tangunan @ 6/29/2011 1:03:17 AM
RE: Several programs stopped working Posted by Jun Tangunan @ 6/28/2011 8:36:53 AM
RE: Several programs stopped working Posted by Samir H. @ 6/28/2011 9:49:30 AM
RE: Several programs stopped working Posted by Stefan Wuebbe @ 6/28/2011 10:07:23 AM
RE: Several programs stopped working Posted by Samir H. @ 6/28/2011 10:28:40 AM
RE: Several programs stopped working Posted by Jun Tangunan @ 6/29/2011 12:54:55 AM
RE: Several programs stopped working Posted by Ilya Rabyy @ 6/29/2011 4:24:33 PM