Restoring Files After An Infection

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  1. DuckFOO

    DuckFOO Registered Member

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    My wife's laptop recently suffered a virus infection that I couldn't fix, so I used a Live Linux CD to backup her files and then installed Windows 7 with MSE.

    I used MSE to scan the files, which doesn't reveal any problems, but I feel uneasy about them since a lot of her files were downloaded from the Internet. She wants to keep them, however, so is there anything else I should scan the files with?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Duradel

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    If you use Hitman Pro to check for viruses and it comes up clean thats a pretty good indication that nothing is on the computer. Another good scanner is Malwarebytes which is great at scanning for malware.

    If you need a good boot CD to scan for viruses the Avira version is effective and fairly quick:

    http://www.avira.com/en/support-download-avira-antivir-rescue-system
     
  3. Hugger

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    Prevx free is quick and accurate.
     
  4. DuckFOO

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    Thanks for the help guys!
     
  5. andyman35

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    What I'd do in your situation is to look at the age of the files,when determining their safety.The files over a month old are highly likely to be picked up by one of the afore-mentioned scanners,the very newest files less so.Perhaps just reinstall the older ones for now then reintroduce the latest stuff when you're reasonably confident of their status.

    This isn't a foolproof plan of course,but even running the files through the likes of CIMA, Threatexpert or within a VM aren't 100% effective,it's all a balance of probabilities.
     
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  6. J_L

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    You can also try AVERT.
     
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