I now have about 1.5GB of personal data that JUST MIGHT have a trojan/virus in it.
- What is the best way to totally clean up my data?
I was thinking of installing SEVERAL anti-virus applications all on one WinXP laptop computer - albeit just on a temporary basis (e.g.
- AVG and
- Avast and
- Kasperky and
- Norton and
- others ???)
and then running each of them in turn across a copy of the data to see if any problems are spotted.
...But is this wise?
Presumably I could also install malware specialist software such as:
- malwarebytes anti-malware
- spybot search and destroy
I had a PC that definitely became infected with several quite nasty trojans. I have now run several things across the data (e.g. AVG and Kasperky), and taken the data off PC, formatted the disk (I think), and have completely re-installed Windows7 from original DVD.
I am deeply paranoid because I dont want to infect my office with any nasties!
The data is currently sitting on my WindowsXP laptop. And I was thinking of doing loads of scan on the laptop and if OK, then copying the data back onto my Windows7 machine, and formatting the laptops's hard disk just in case,
One problem is that I am worried that my (Lenovo T60) laptop's special WindowsXP installation partition might have become infected too. But the laptop never came with any WindowsXP CDs so if I format that I'll be somewhat screwed.
1. Is it okay to run more than one anti-viral at once on the same PC?
2. Whic anti-virals do you recommend I use?
3. Should I format the laptops WindowsXP installation partition? (using KillDisk presumably[?]) And if I do so, will I be able to use an OEM WindowsXP Pro #
disk from another machine (and type in the correct registration number???)
Any advice much appreciated... !