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is my thumb drive saveable? (Data Recovery) and Pro.


trudyjh

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I was told that I should post this in this forum, rather than in the one I posted in it originally. You can see that logs and so on are not pertinent and not obtainable, my questions are only about the flash drive and Pro. Thanks.

What I posted:

My laptop got infected with [some variant of Data Recovery]. It is sufficiently "normal" looking (no broken English, etc.) that I was convinced I actually had disk and RAM problems.

By poking around I found that my files were hidden and managed to copy them to a flash drive. Then I was going to e-cycle the laptop and since I couldn't get the disk out, did my best to really erase it including system files. Then I decided to have the laptop repaired, but the repair guy told me it was a virus. He's fixing it since I'd already deleted so much it won't boot.

My questions are, now I have the flash drive to deal with. I'm assuming it's infected. Instead of having him fix that, I would like to try to disinfect it myself. I don't really care about the files on it since I have a recent backup, but I'd like to save the flash drive.

(1) I have a backup laptop that I can risk. Should it be safe and sufficient to attach the flash drive to that and run antimalware on it and then on the laptop's drive?

(2) Do I understand that if I were running antimalware Pro it would have protected my system from infection with this?

Thanks.

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