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Hello. I found your site through http://forums.techguy.org/earlier-versions-windows/762813-how-get-pictures-off-old.html

I wanted to reply and ask if I should worry that the virus that ruined my old laptop can sneak into the suggested cd or usb link


A while ago yahoo mail got hacked and my computer's registry got all changed up. the pc store guy says all they can do is install a new os but it'd loose everything I had and isn't worth the cost. I only want my pictures on there. is there any way to safely get them out?
 

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Welcome to tech Support Guy
It would have been little use posting on that topic anyway as the last post was 2008 - 4 years ago

What is the make and full model of your computer and can you still boot into windows
I presume not but please confirm
Which operating system in full please
eg windows xp professional sp3
windows vista home premium sp2
windows 7 home premium sp1
etc
 

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If the harddrive itself is ok and not dead you can try using a usb sata/ide connector if its laptop and see if you can salvage anything on there provided you know how to remove the harddrive. im thinking on a desktop it might have to be done a little differently.you might want to take it somewhere and get another opinion and see if the stuff worth saving can be transfered to an external harddrive.
 

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Use a "live Linux" CD like Puppy or Knoppix. You should then be able to copy files to a USB without fear of transferring a Windows virus unless it is hidden inside a picture file.
 

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I wouldn't exactly call that easier ;) , however, even though he says he hadn't seen it work, I suspect it would.
The OP just needs to remember to not continue with the install.

Also I would prefer a none Windows solution as the original nasty was a Windows virus and if it was the "drive by" type, just browsing the disk could possibly affect the Windows code in memory.
 

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I would boot the system with a bootable AV scanner and scan the drive. Most of these I have seen use a linux based os SO there should not be a problem even if the drive is still infected.

I have had good success with the bootable AVG however there are others you can try as well. Once you scan the drive, then you can connect it to a working system and copy whatever you want. You could also just boot with linux and copy whatever to a flash drive; up to you which way you want to proceed.

If you want to use the AVG scanner, here is a site with instructions on how to make the bootable usb.
http://www.pendriveapps.com/avg-anti-virus-rescue-usb/
 

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It is seven days now since you asked for help.
Would you kindly update your topic and indicate if you still require our help.
Thank you
 
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