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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

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June 11, 2014 7:08:15 AM

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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a b G Storage
June 11, 2014 7:20:30 AM

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.
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June 11, 2014 8:10:59 AM

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?
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a b G Storage
June 11, 2014 8:16:36 AM

As long as you don't open any files, you should be safe from spreading any infection.
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June 11, 2014 8:55:25 AM

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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