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I have wiped my computer's hard drive and started over. How can I retreive my backup files from an external HDD that is very

I finally gave up and wiped my computer's hard drive and started over. How can I retreive my backup files from an external hard drive that is very probably also infected? I am running Windows 8.1
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    First get on another windows box and get a good AV/AM program going, like Avast! or MalwareBytes. Then scan your external drive.

    And alternative is to boot off a Hirens Boot CD or the like to get a functioning OS and run antivirus/antimalware programs to scan and disinfect your external.
  2. Thanks for your suggestion of AV/AG programs. I've been using AVG Free, but ran a scan before uninstalling it to do a recovery and it found nothing. I haven't done the wipe yet, but someone is coming to do that this weekend. I am still hoping to find a way around that, but either way, I need to be able to get my files from the external hard drive. I assume with the programs you mentioned, the "clean" computer will not be infected just by plugging in the infected USB external hard drive?
  3. As long as you don't open any files, you should be safe from spreading any infection.
  4. Thanks. We are in the middle of the Amazon jungle on a mission station and have no other means of getting technical support. I appreciate your help.
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