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Hey guys, not sure if this is the right section but one of my friends happened to catch a virus on his external and I was wondering what would be the best method to get rid of it without losing all his data?

Edit: He said the virus caused all his folders in the external to turn into shortcuts.
Edited by advntk - 10/13/11 at 12:47am
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An anti-virus scan on it.
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If the drive is infected, you will need to do work from safety of a Live CD. Hirens boot cd is a good tool for this sort of thing. There is a mini version of XP in it and using this you can alter the file associations without getting your OS infected.

If you right click the files which file type properties do they now have?

Try to change whichever file association they currently have to open by default with Windows Explorer - "explorer.exe"

If you can get the file association to open with Explorer then use the anti viruses on Hirens boot cd to scan remove anything malicious.

If you just scan with an anti virus it might delete everything.
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If the drive is infected, you will need to do work from safety of a Live CD. Hirens boot cd is a good tool for this sort of thing. There is a mini version of XP in it and using this you can alter the file associations without getting your OS infected.

If you right click the files which file type properties do they now have?

Try to change whichever file association they currently have to open by default with Windows Explorer - "explorer.exe"

If you can get the file association to open with Explorer then use the anti viruses on Hirens boot cd to scan remove anything malicious.

If you just scan with an anti virus it might delete everything.
Okay thank you I'm going to be giving this a shot after I finish downloading the CD. Good thing you told me because the external has over 500gbs of music on it and he uses it for work since hes a DJ..
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