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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by pseudoname, Dec 20, 2012.

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  1. pseudoname

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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.
     
  7. crjdriver

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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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