I've just had a friend be hit by a virus probably fluke? went straight through avast and in his words has shagged the machine.
Anyway, we were going to pop a new HDD in the laptop, and upgrade to win7, is there a safe way to get the files off? he's current thinking that safe mode lets him get the files off, I can't get to the machine right now and am a but iffy about that being ok.
So the question is, how do we get the files off it, my current thought is to shove the files onto a usb stick/sd card possibly from a boot disk (not safe mode), and then pop the new hdd in, and install everything, anything I should do to ensure that those files are safe?
Thanks for the help, i'm not going to be able to get to the machine for a week or so, he's turned it off and gone on hols.