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Plugging an Infectd HDD into another PC - Dangerous??

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Jerold, Aug 30, 2012.

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  1. Jerold

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    DELL XPS Studio13
    Vista Home Premium 64-bit

    So my wife picked up this virus the other day and from what I've gathered, its a killer virus (Boot Sector Virus).... NOD32 found it... win32/olmarik.TDL4 trojan....

    This is what I've tried...

    System Restore was NOT enabled...so I could roll the system back.
    NOD32 couldn't clean it
    Spysweeper didn't find anything
    Malwarebytes found something to clean, but it just came back on reboot...
    Tried restoring a system image from an Acronis backup, but the virus screwed up the partitions and would list the external HDD as the C drive, so Acronis couldn't do it's thing...
    Tried a new OS install that worked fine until I rebooted and a Windows error message appeared again (caused by the virus)

    Anyway.... I found some posts on removing this virus, but I don't have the time to post and wait for replies right now and my wife needs her laptop up running ASAP. I ended up buying a new HDD and installed a fresh OS and it's clean.

    I pulled the old HDD and am wondering if it is safe to plug it into another PC as an external HDD so I can either try to copy the DELL RECOVERY partition from it **OR** reformatting and fdisk-ing the MBR to get rid of the virus on this HDD so I can at least reuse this HDD - without spreading the virus to MY PCs...???

    Since I put a new HDD into my wifes laptop, I lost the DELL PCRESTORE to factory settings... can I just copy that partition from the old HDD to a Partition on the new HDD and have the Restore to Factory Install ability?

    Thanks,

    Jerold
     
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