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« on: June 30, 2005, 06:36:43 PM »


Operating System Version: XP Professional

This post *may* be in the wrong forum, and if so please let me know & I'll go elsewhere! Smiley

Got a general question on HD backups and viruses. I have couple problems:

1) Belarc advisor has flagged my old 30GB HD as "failure" (although it still works for now)

2) The old P3 machine where this HD resides is plauged with a bad malware virus (about:blank / oneclicksearches.com / PSGuard).

I've tried cleaning the machine of this horrible virus with multiple apps, but no luck yet. Fortunately I'm buying a new PC this weekend so I'm ready to get my critical files (digital photos & MS docs) off the old machine and just s**** the beast. I got CD software backups for all my apps on the old PC, so I litterally only want to transfer photos & MS docs to the new machine.

Because my HD is on the brink of failure, backing up my critical photos & docs is the primary concern. Ideally, I'd just network my old machine and new machine and conduct file transfers. However I'm afraid by doing so I'll risk transferring viruses & malware to the new machine.

I could just burn backup CD's or buy & use an external USB HD to backup my photos & docs, but again I'm not sure if some of these viruses & adwares will 'stow away' on the CD's or ext. HD, and eventually infect my brand new machine.

Any advice would be appreciated!!



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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2005, 06:53:24 PM »

the about:blank virus does not attack the users files as far as I know, it hijacks your homepage (which you already know).  However, to be on the safe side, I would not move your files until the pc is cleaned.  One of this forum's moderators will help you to do this, as soon as they can.
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2005, 07:11:04 PM »

Ok, yeah cleaning the PC would be nice... I spent 5 hours last night trying to so so.  There are some good procedures posted here by GeekGirl that I can try tonight.  

Again, since belarc has flagged the HD as being prone to failure anytime now, there's an added anxiety to just focus on backing up the important data files.  Kinda a bad set of circumstances at once...
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