Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: saving files, infected system before clean reinstall

01 Jul 2016   #1
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
saving files, infected system before clean reinstall

Let's say someone brings me a computer with a bunch of malware and viruses on it. What's the best way to save their files and pictures (before doing a clean install) with out the malware infecting the external HDD I use?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
01 Jul 2016   #2
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

Depends on the infection. Some infect specific file types so those would need to be cleaned up first.

I use a bootable DVD with Linux and AV programs to do the clean up then copy the files to a blank flash drive. I guess you could do some work in their original Window after loading the appropriate AV programs. Once cleaned up then copy to a flash drive.

I'm sure you will get more ideas here.

Regards,
GEWB
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jul 2016   #3
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I was watching youtube videos about badly infected PC's and just doing a reinstall instead of spending the time to clean out any malware. I wasn't sure if booting into safe mode was sufficient.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

01 Jul 2016   #4
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

Depends on how important the user files are to save. Do some search/research to find a live Linux version that has AV to clean Windows - I know it's out there.

Regards,
GEWB
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 saving files, infected system before clean reinstall




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Can't find OEM files for Win 7 clean reinstall
Hello everyone, A few years ago I got a Toshiba Satellite Pro with Seven Pro preinstalled on it. The computer was downgraded to Windows XP and the OS was never touched since then. Now I need to use this laptop and upgrade it to Seven. The computer is supposed to integrate HDD Recovery function...
Backup and Restore
Errors when opening/saving files, and other system issues
Long post but figured I'd put as many details as I could in here. Everytime I save/rename a document I've been working on I get an error. Saving an Excel document I've been working on: "Your changes could not be saved to FILE NAME because of because of sharing violation" When I click OK on...
Performance & Maintenance
Clean reinstall - original Vista system now on W7 pro - cannot activat
I originally bought a system with Vista. Then I upgraded it to W7 home premium. Then a few years later I did anytime upgrade to W7 pro. I just had to clean reinstall, but realized that my anytime upgrade key for W7 pro won't work to activate. Do I have to go all the way back to Vista (I'd...
Installation & Setup
unstable system configuration after clean OEM reinstall Windows 7 Pro
Hello, This is my first post and I had followed the following tutorials: Windows 7: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 Windows 7: Clean Install Windows 7 Windows 7: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Re-installation but used MiniTool Partition Wizard free home edition to delete original ...
Installation & Setup
Clean off residual files to reinstall OS
I tried installling windows 7 over a windows 8 installation,because I couldn't get win 8 to boot up without the disc in the drive. But it doesn't load the normal way, showing you the partitions and then after you pick one you get the " press any key to continue" then it finishes. It's an Hitachi...
Installation & Setup
BSOD: system isn't saving the dump files anymore
I've had several BSOD stops lately (been working on finding the problem for some time) but haven't had a new memory.dmp or minidump file saved since 2/23. As far as I can tell, the settings are correct. Any ideas what's causing this? Hard to upload the current dump files when there aren't any!
BSOD Help and Support


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 22:02.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App