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By protech ·
I am somewhat confused about virus removal. I was told that if an HDD is so infected that the system is hardly operational that you can remove the HDD, install it in to another PC with current Antivirus software on the C:, and scan the infected drive, from the C: drive. After repairs, just reinstall the fixed drive back in to the original PC? Someone else told me that you can just boot the infected system with anti virus software in the boot device A:, CD-ROM, etc.. and that as part of the antivirus installation process the software would start detecting and repairing/isolating any infections it found while booting up? Please direct me to a web site or written manual that truely addresses recoverying PC's that are infected with a virus. Some people, heaven forbid, don't have anti virus software installed! Thanks!

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by limatik In reply to Virus removal?

Hi,

I do the ff. in case of suspected virus infection:
1. Know the virus
- You really have to know the virus and its type, this will help identify the kind of damage it can do and methods of removal and prevention
2. Get a second opinion
- Its not enough to scan your system using only one antivirus software (programs are programs, and made by human, and yes, can be wrong) use your regular antivirus software and get one of those reliable free programs (I guess you can use free/trial/evaluation antivirus software for this purpose), I use AVG free edition for second opinion (www.grisoft.com)
3. Always be updated
- There's always a regular update for your antivirus, use it.
4. Isolate
- I dont think its a good idea to put othersat risk by letting other pc's scan your harddrive, you risk infecting them as well. I recommend, booting from a clean write-protected boot disk and running the antivirus program from a clean write-protected floppy or cd.
5. Start from scratch
- If the infection has caused so much damage, its no use making do with repaired files, the best thing to do is to reformat your harddrive and reinstall everything. Thats why you always have to have BACKUPS.

Cheers,
ALAS

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by limatik In reply to Virus removal?

Hi,

I do the ff. in case of suspected virus infection:
1. Know the virus
- You really have to know the virus and its type, this will help identify the kind of damage it can do and methods of removal and prevention
2. Get a second opinion
- Its not enough to scan your system using only one antivirus software (programs are programs, and made by human, and yes, can be wrong) use your regular antivirus software and get one of those reliable free programs (I guess you can use free/trial/evaluation antivirus software for this purpose), I use AVG free edition for second opinion (www.grisoft.com)
3. Always be updated
- There's always a regular update for your antivirus, use it.
4. Isolate
- I dont think its a good idea to put othersat risk by letting other pc's scan your harddrive, you risk infecting them as well. I recommend, booting from a clean write-protected boot disk and running the antivirus program from a clean write-protected floppy or cd.
5. Start from scratch
- If the infection has caused so much damage, its no use making do with repaired files, the best thing to do is to reformat your harddrive and reinstall everything. Thats why you always have to have BACKUPS.

Cheers,
ALAS

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Sorry for that .. browser trouble.

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