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Hi all, I just today took an old hard drive from a laptop that stopped working for reasons long forgotten, and plugged it into my desktop to see what old files I might have on it. I first tried to boot from the disk, but Windows XP crashed when booting, so i assumed it was just that it was the hardware change that was messing it up, and started Windows 7 from my main drive. After booting, microsoft security essentials kept giving popping up with messages about how it had cleaned a detected threat and required no action from me. I scanned the old drive with MSE and Malwarebytes, but MSE was the only program to detect the infection. I tried to clean the infection with MSE, but it seemed to freeze halfway though so I closed it with the task manager and wiped the old laptop drive. I scanned my other drives again with both Malwarebytes, MSE, and the Malwarebytes Anti-rootkit software and everything seems to be coming up clean, no more popups from MSE. While I did open up some folders in the infected drive, I didn't actually try to run any programs from the drive. Could the difference between windows xp and windows 7 be too much for a 3 year old ramnit infection?

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Hello swiggity and welcome to Malwarebytes.

The OS would have nothing to do with it and hopefully it was stopped by your antivirus as that can be a nastie infection and in fact to be on the safe side I would go ahead and run an online scanner just to be sure,

Eset Online Scanner

**Note** You will need to use Internet explorer for this scan - Vista and win 7 right click on IE shortcut and run as admin

Go Eset web page to run an online scanner from ESET.

  • Turn off the real time scanner of any existing antivirus program while performing the online scan
  • click on the Run ESET Online Scanner button
  • Tick the box next to YES, I accept the Terms of Use.
    • Click Start
  • When asked, allow the add/on to be installed
    • Click Start
  • Make sure that the option Remove found threats is unticked
  • Click on Advanced Settings, ensure the options
    • Scan for potentially unwanted applications, Scan for potentially unsafe applications, and Enable Anti-Stealth Technology are ticked.
  • Click Scan
  • wait for the virus definitions to be downloaded
  • Wait for the scan to finish
When the scan is complete
  • If no threats were found
    • put a checkmark in "Uninstall application on close"
    • close program
    • report to me that nothing was found
  • If threats were found
    • click on "list of threats found"
    • click on "export to text file" and save it as ESET SCAN and save to the desktop
    • Click on back
    • put a checkmark in "Uninstall application on close"
    • click on finish
    • close program
    • copy and paste the report here
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