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OK, i got an Iomega 500gig external hard drive about 2 weeks ago. Been cramming all the stuff i've had on dvd's on there, still have 340gig left. Today i scanned it with Avast and it told me that a virus was found. When i clicked on 'delete' it said that the drive is not available. Since then, when i plug it in, the autoplay opens and i can access the disk from there by clicking 'open folder to view files'. But i can't access it straight from My Computer, it opens a window which says 'choose the program you want to use to open the file e:\'. Now i've got about 150 gig of movies, music, photoshop utilities and design work on there that i cannot afford to lose. The easy answer would be to copy everything to another drive and just give mine a good ol' format. BUT i don't own anything close to 150gig (which is why i bought the 500gig one in the first place.....)
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Normally I would recommend trying 'System Restore' but since you mention having had a virus, using SR is not a good idea since that may also restore the virus. In fact, if you haven't already 'flushed' your restore-ponts, now is a good time to do so, and do it every time a virus or any malware is removed.

What I would recommend, though, is do a full virus scan of drive C: because that could be infected too -- most infections start at the system drive before propagating elsewhere. Again, flush all your restore points after any malware has been removed.

And a scan with 'HijackThis' on the system drive wouldn't be a bad idea (to find unwelcome processes which may be running that you're not aware of. You can get HJT here: http://www.spywarein....php#hijackthis

Run HJT to produce a log-file and please post it to this area of GeeksToGo:
http://www.geekstogo...o-Here-f37.html

Edited by pip22, 05 December 2007 - 08:38 AM.

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Thanks for the reply. Fixed the problem a short while after I posted though: just ran a boot scan with avast on drive E and then handled the file when i logged in again. Already run all my other scans (used to be a GeekU student here a while back, heh) and it came out clear (AdAware, Spybot, Avast and run and checked a HJT scan as well). Thanks though! :)
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