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Windows 7: External HDD with possible rootkits


10 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
External HDD with possible rootkits

I'm dealing with an external HDD that has possible rootkits or other nasty viruses on it.

I reinstalled Windows 7 on a fresh, clean, uninfected HDD and now I need to retrieve some files from the old drive (which is now the external HDD).

At this point, I have NOT yet powered it up. What precautions do I need to follow to prevent reinfection on the new drive? I know better than to copy executable files over and I would run virus scans over the files (mostly JPEG's) before transferring them. But is it possible a rootkit would deposit itself on the uninfected system just by powering up the drive?

Can/should I disable AutoRun on the external drive first?

Other things to do first?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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10 Sep 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Seligman,

Let’s do the following, and then take a look at the contents of the external drive…

To stop the Autorun feature, download and run the following:
Microsoft Fix It 50471:
How to disable the Autorun functionality in Windows

Scroll down to: How to disable or enable all Autorun features in Windows 7 and other operating systems
Click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps of the wizard.

Note: There is an option to enable Autorun automatically. You can do so later, if you wish.

Reboot the system after applying the Microsoft FixIt.

Next, please download UsbFix (free):
USBFix | InfoSpyware

It is a Spanish language website, but the program is in English.
To download. press the button that says: Descagar
Save to the Desktop
Right-click the downloaded file and select: Run as Administrator

Press the left Shift key and connect your USB External drive when requested.

Press: Listing

When done, the program closes on its own, and a report appears.
The report file is found at C:\UsbFix.txt

Please post (attach) the UsbFix.txt (Listing Mode) report in your reply.

Note: If USBFix does not run in normal Windows, please run in Safe Mode:

Restart your computer.
When the computer starts, tap the F8 key on the keyboard repeatedly until presented with the Advanced Boot Options menu
Using the arrow keys, select: Safe Mode
Press the Enter key on your keyboard to boot into the selected mode.
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