Transfer data from PC infected with virus

May 21, 2011 at 16:37:25
Specs: Windows 7, 512 MG
I need to transfer my files from my old computer which crashed due to a virus to my new computer without infecting my new computer with the virus. How can I do that?

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#1
May 21, 2011 at 16:48:14
Try booting the system with a live Linux distro and copy the files (except executables and documents that can be infected) to a flash drive:

http://www.livecdlist.com/

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
May 21, 2011 at 16:58:46
I will say the obvious- don't do that! You will only transfer the virus/malware to your new computer. And when you say crashed- you mean isn't working. And not that the hard drive broke and won't spin right?
*First remove the viruses from your old computer (if the hard drive is still spinning)
You must take the hard drive out of your laptop (not too hard to do) google it.
*Second, then take the hard drive to the local computer store and say you need to connect the drive to another computer to remove the viruses and get your old data- they will show you the right cable you need to buy (about $20)
*Third, from the new computer or a good healthy computer attach the USB to the computer and run a malware scan and antivirus scan (takes hours)
After that there is a good chance your old hard drive is clean- you can now drag and drop your old info. to your new computer. Or put your drive back in your old laptop and try it to see if it works better. If it works better, run a "full" antivirus scan and "full" antimalware scan again (takes even longer) and then see what you got. You might not have to buy a new laptop!

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