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Can a pc virus be transferred onto DVD?
terenkleo


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I've got a virus on my PC and I'm burning all the videos from that PC onto DVDs before rebuilding that computer. Can someone with experience let me know if I'm going to end up backing up the virus on those DVDs along with my videos?

Thanks a lot!


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GuitarBob


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If the virus is located in one of your videos, it is possible that it could be backed up to DVD when you copy them. I think it is unlikely, however. Most viruses are found in the Windows System32 or User (formerly Documents and Settings) folders.

Have you tried to eradicate the virus yet? I would try a normal scan with your current AV. Kaspersky's free TDSSKiller is a good antirootkit scanner that finds hidden viruses. Microsoft's Safety Scanner (msert.exe) is a good on-demand scanner. You do not have to install either TDSSKiller or MSERT--just download to somewhere (I like a USB) and scan. Then try a scan with all three in Windows safe mode. If it seems like the virus(es) is/are still around, get F-Secure's free Rescue CD--read the user's guide and then do a scan with the Rescue CD with a wired (not wireless) connection. You should be virus free after this.

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lfreddecolo


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yes - virus info can be encoded in the header of a video file, but it is very unusul.
download avg free, and scan the disc when u put it in the new pc
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breakretreat


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Honestly, this is something that I just learned now. I used to record my videos in DVD to share with friends.

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bestplace


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Pardon me, but would it not be a good idea to get rid of the virus BEFORE backing up your files to DVD? Given that there is a chance, even a small one, that you can be backing up the virus onto DVD, you are potentially creating a whole lot of DVD's that will require you to clean the virus off each one!
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janielanolo


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I agree with bestplace. Have you considered uploading your videos to a cloud or other server that has virus scanning capabilities? This way you'd have a copy on a server you can access anywhere and know that you've scraped off any viruses. Good luck!
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yakanvil


Joined: 14 Mar 2012
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Yes, I think a virus can infect dvd's too.
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mississippiseo


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[quote="bestplace"]Pardon me, but would it not be a good idea to get rid of the virus BEFORE backing up your files to DVD? Given that there is a chance, even a small one, that you can be backing up the virus onto DVD, you are potentially creating a whole lot of DVD's that will require you to clean the virus off each one![/quote

I quite agree. You need to remove the virus first...
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FletcherFlorin


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As long as a infected file is transferred, the virus will still stick to it wherever it goes.
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James Munn


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Hi guys,
I think there is a chance I may have introduced a virus in a video could you suggest a good antirootkit scanner to locate it and is it possible to eradicate .
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GuitarBob


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I suggest you download the free TDSSKiller antirootkit from Kaspersky at http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363 on the web. It can detect the most common/complicated rootkits in circulation.

Some of the "cheaper" rootkits can be detected by a good AV in Windows safe mode--provided the AV has a signature for it (update before scanning). I wouldn't entirely rely upon this, however. Try the Kaspersky product (it is zipped, and it automatically downloads any new version).

If you boot up with an operating system that is not on your hard drive, any antivirus that can operate under that OS can probably find a rootkit--again, provided it has signatures for it. This is true with one of the free AV rescue CDs available from some AV companies, such as Kaspersky and F-Secure, also for any AV that can run under a UBD4Win rescue CD (Windows XP-based) that you can create. Be sure to update the AV from a wired (not wireless--it might not update) connection, however, before you run it.

A rootkit would probably be under the system32\drivers folder. It can be cleaned from there, but you should delete the original file in which it came. Send the file to Clam AV first, however, so they can get a signature to give us.

Regards,
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batrovic


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FletcherFlorin wrote:
As long as a infected file is transferred, the virus will still stick to it wherever it goes.


Yes, this is what virus do.
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