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right clicking on the hard drive partition shows some junk characters

 
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Hi Ranchers,

First of all i think my post deserves to stay here in this forum. If not i would request the moderator(s) to kindly excuse me and move this thread to the appropriate forum.

I have got a USB flash hard drive of 160 GB and i had made it into 2 partitions. A couple of days back, one of my friends asked the drive to copy the contents from his seems-to-be-virus-affected PC. Once he copied the contents from my USB drive, one of the partitions show some junk characters (looks like some japanese or chinese) when being right-clicked. That is the partition he made use to copy.

He says that he just copied some movie files and some other documents. Soon after he realized the change in the drive, he ran the Norton Antivirus 2005 it seems. But it was not showing anything. I think the Norton utility itself should be an updated one.

When i checked in my PC today by double clicking on the affected drive partition, it was not opening at all. (means, showing the drive contents). When i checked by right clicking on the affected drive partition, one of the few options which is visible in plain english is "Play Now" - which looked like an executable virus might have been present! As i was not very sure, i dint do anything.

But when i directly entered the drive name with colon (ex, "J:") in Start -> Run window, it just opened and showed the drive contents as if it was opened by double clicking.

My doubts are:


  • what would have really happened?
  • would anyways the movie files (.dat,.mpeg) have viruses?
  • Have anyone come across this situation already?


  • How can i proceed now? FYI, both of the PCs (mine and my friend's) have the Windows XP Professional OS.

    Any help would be highly appreciable.

    Thanks in Advance.
     
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    is there anyone to help me out please?

    TIA.
     
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    Originally posted by Raghavan Muthu:

    My doubts are:


  • what would have really happened?
  • would anyways the movie files (.dat,.mpeg) have viruses?
  • Have anyone come across this situation already?



  • If the computer is affected with a virus, your harddrive can be affected by simply connecting to it. It may not be the mpeg file, the infected computer can place stuff onto other areas of your harddisk.

    How can i proceed now? FYI, both of the PCs (mine and my friend's) have the Windows XP Professional OS.



    Without knowing what virus you have, or if you have one, you don't really have a clear course of action.

    Henry
     
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    Hello Henry,

    Thank you for the reply. As you said, i m in the same state of not knowing what kinda virus it would be.

    Thats why i had posted to get to know if any one else had come across this similar scenario before.

    Let me wait for sometime..

    Thank you again.
     
    It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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