Hardware/Software Question

By JCT21 ·
A Freind of mines computer has a virus on it but she doesnt have internet so she cant get antivirus i was wondering if i put her harddrive in mine as a Secondary Slave could i run my antivirus on her harddrive and clean it up also the virus is a trojan horse she doesnt remeber the name also if something went wrong whould it affect my computer or her harddrive more i was already planning to do all this in safe mode if that helps

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Not a good idea........

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Hardware/Software Questio ...

I wouldn't EVEN attempt it. Putting her drive into your computer will expose your computer to what ever she's got.

It would be far better to download the necessary tools at your house (anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-malware, registry cleaners, etc...) and put those tools on a floppy, thumb drive or even CD or DVD so you can transport them to her computer, install them and run them multiple times in Safe Mode first, then more times in Normal Mode.

Keep her computer isolated from the internet or even from your home network until you've gotten it completely cleaned up. Then, once you're certain you've cleaned it up, unplug your computer from the internet and plug hers in so that it can get updates for everything you've just downloaded and installed, plus all the Windows updates.

One last thing to keep in mind.... Since she doesn't have internet, her computer got infected some how. My money is on the fact she's probably brought a floppy or thumb drive home and plugged it into her computer. If that item is still around, get rid of it.

Some free tools you can download to disinfect her computer are:

Spybot Search and Destroy (from
AVG Free Antivirus

There are many more, but these will give you a place to start.

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As thumbsup mention run AV/Spyware programs in safe mode,

by ComputerCookie In reply to Hardware/Software Questio ...

however you need to turn of system restore before you do this.

This is because certain files which are not a Virus/Trojan (hence the AV/Spyware will not remove them and they remain in the "Current Version" of registry and will restart when the computer boots.

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore, click on System Restore Settings and check "Turn off System Restore on all drives", apply and OK.

If you have any questions Post back.


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