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If it is a rootkit, can I copy files to rescue them without infecting the new drive?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Zipcode14618, Apr 29, 2012.

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  1. Zipcode14618

    Zipcode14618 Thread Starter

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    Hello, I'm not sure what the problem is with my Windows 7 laptop. I cannot copy large files,
    even to the same partition, and I've been getting blue screens for the first time in 2 years of use.
    I've tried several backups with all kinds of software and they fail every time,
    saying I have an I/O error. I believe I have a memory problem, but Memtest turns up nothing.
    I have 4 gigs of RAM, and the computer has always been *very* fast in every way.

    If I remove my laptop hard drive and use a USB cable to copy files manually, as a way of
    saving my work, will the computer I am copying to get the malware/rootkit/dunno automatically?

    Most grateful for your help.
     
  2. lunarlander

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    If you just copy your documents and photos, there is little risk in copying over the rootkit. Know that a rootkit's purpose is to hide the hacker's files and programs from you. Like if the rootkit was built to hide files names that begin with "aa". Then files like "aabackdoor", "aaremote_connect" etc will not be seen by you in Windows Explorer.

    Memtest needs to be run overnight; just running it for 1 hr will usually turn up nothing.

    Also you might want to check your hard drive, since programs are reporting I/O errors. ( Input/Output)
     
  3. Zipcode14618

    Zipcode14618 Thread Starter

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    I ran Memtest as long as I thought I could without damaging the machine.
    My laptop got *very* hot during the process -- the fan was always on and it was
    blowing hot, hot exhaust -- the laptop was so hot I had to raise it off the table.

    Question: I removed my laptop hard drive and now have it hooked up to my desktop
    machine via a SATA dock using a USB connection. Now that the drive is no longer
    being used as the operating system, can I do some kind of sector-by-sector scan of
    the laptop disk to check for ... dunno. Whatever?

    Extremely grateful for your help.
     
  4. nevic

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    http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208280684

    use this tool called tdskiller available on the above link to remove the root kit from ur computer,
    also if u can tell what message u get when u get the blue screen i can help further.
     
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