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#1 jmroberts

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 06:14 PM

My friend just got some really bad malware on her computer and so she has to reformat, but I was wondering if she should not copy some of the files she needs onto a usb drive to risk future malware infection, or is there something I should have her do to prevent this and still copy over her files? Just some MSword files and mp3s, a quick answer would be greatly appreciated because she's freaking out :/

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 07:01 PM

My friend just got some really bad malware on her computer and so she has to reformat, but I was wondering if she should not copy some of the files she needs onto a usb drive to risk future malware infection, or is there something I should have her do to prevent this and still copy over her files? Just some MSword files and mp3s, a quick answer would be greatly appreciated because she's freaking out :/

It depends on the infection... If it is Virut, it is possible that even MSWord and MP3 files are infected... If it is, she can back them up, but I would use a computer running Linux to do a major set of scans on the files before using any of them and I would NOT even plug the flash drive into a PC without making sure it is clean... Even if it isn't Virut, I would do the same routine...
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