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Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 17:24:35 +1100
From: Basil Chupin<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Backing up files on a badly malware infested computer.
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On 24/01/12 10:27, Bill Stanley wrote:
Maybe you people might be able to figure out something. It concerns
installing unbuntu on a very badly malware infested Windows machine.
Also note that I don't fix computers as my job. I'm doing this as a
favor for my sister and at this point, fixing this has become a
personal challenge. I'm retired so time is not a problem, otherwise I
wouldn't take this challenge. (I'm not going to let this beat me!)
Now the problem
On badly infested computers I usually just back up the data files and
reinstall the OS. Since she misplaced the original Windows disks we
agreed to give Linux a try. So far, no problems? WRONG! I can't
back up the data files no matter how hard I try. I think I'm battling
a rootkit of some sort (maybe more than one.) The data files do not
seem to have been corrupted.
My first try was to do something simple. I have more than enough disk
space on my computer so I tried transferring the data files to my
computer. I can't get a network connection. I tried to establish a
connection both ways and failed.
My second try was to use the CD-ROM disk burner that is on her
computer. I can't even transfer the data files onto CR-ROM.
My third attempt was to try booting Linux on her computer using an CD
install disk. I figured that surely Linux would be able to get past
the problem, but I can't boot (and, yes, I made sure the boot settings
in the BIOS were right) I've checked the disk using other computers
and it's good.
Is there anything I missed? I am at the point were I'm thinking about
of installing her hard as the slave drive on my old computer. I will
then boot to Linux on my master HD and then get the data files off.
Once I have the data files off, I will COMPLETELY wipe her HD ,
reinstall it in her computer and proceed as if it was a new install.
Comments anyone? (Other than I am insane which I know that I probably
and download and burn to a CD the System Rescue Disc 2.3.1. Boot the
computer using this CD; 'fire up' the terminal/console and mount the
Windows partition or partitions that you are interested in; then run mc
(Midnight Commander) and you should see all the data files you want to save.
At this point I will stop because from here you ought to be able to work
out - using whatever combo of devices at your disposal - on how to copy
those files containing data to whatever devices you have at your
disposal and in use.
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