Question regarding viruses... can it spread like this?
I'm about to help my co-worker buy a new computer to replace their 10 yr old (very old!) windows desktop. He claims his old desktop might have viruses (because that's what some guy at Geek Squad told him from Best Buy)... his employee was using this desktop with NO anti-virus program on it whatsoever for years.
I'm helping them buy a new wivdows 7 desktop and will transfer all their data from old desktop to new (because they don't know how to do it).
My question is, if their desktop really does have viruses... can it possibly "spread" to new computer when I'm transferring data? Apologies if this is ignorant question, I'm not exactly a technical person.
Yes of cource viruses will spread to your new computer.I'm this case when computer was used for years without an antivirus, you should make a total scan with a paid antivirus. chose one of thees: Bitdefender, Kaspersky , Norton or Avast
I was going to remote access their old desktop... backup whatever data they need onto my PC and then transfer it to new PC all via remote access. They live too far away to have physical access.
I did this when I helped an old lady with her computer (same type of situation), because all she had was pictures... she didn't have much on her computer.
Looks like you will get as many different suggestions as posters. So here is mine. I have been digging folk out of virus ridden systems for years and what I find works most of the time is to run these three free programs. super-anti-spyware, AVG Free and anti-malwarebytes if any of them find a virus run again till clean. I have found that will remove many of the viruses I have run into. There are of course the more stubborn ones so this is not a fix all
My best advice is to not attempt to run any sort of antivirus on a potentially infected system. This will just allow any infection to run the antivirus through a ShellExecute Hook. Instead, mount the old hard drive as a slave to a known clean system (preferably a Linux system), then run your antivirus on the slave drive. Then pick off what you want to save on a freshly formatted external drive. Setup your new machine, then drag and drop your old files from the external drive.