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    trojan horse (new posting)

    I was wandering if it is safe to delete a TROJAN HORSE from back up files, and also a dialer virus of some sort. I have already deleted the problems, did i make a huge mistake?

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    Re: trojan horse (new posting)

    When you say "Deleted" what do you mean ?? Did you use an anti-virus, spyware or adware detection program to remove these programs, use their own uninstaller (unlikely) or simply delete them (aka - send them to the recycle bin and then empty it). And, how do you know you have the "virus" in your backup files ??
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    Re: trojan horse (new posting)

    I ran a report using Norton software. It said the trojan horse, and the dialer was located in my back up soft ware. was it wrong to delete the two problems from them?

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    Re: trojan horse (new posting)

    If you let Norton do the deleting then you did exactly what you should have done. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> If you went into your backup and just deleted the files that Norton indicated were suspect or infected, you might have created a problem. It sounds like you let Norton do the dirty work, but I'd run another scan to be sure. That's usually a good practice anyway. If your AV, spyware or adware software detects a problem and cleans it up, run a scan again to be sure everything has been removed.
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    Re: trojan horse (new posting)

    For future reference, most trojan programs and dialers have no purpose other than to mess with your computer. This is different from a virus that inserted evil code into your existing files, resulting in alarms that your files are infected. In the latter case, it's best to try to "clean" documents rather than losing them completely (and replace system files from the original CD). For trojans, you would almost never do anything but delete them.

    Now, if an entire backup archive was going to get deleted, including all other data in the backup, because it contained one trojan, that could be a big problem. You might have to just rename the file somehow to remind yourself to be extra careful with it in case you ever need to restore any of the data.

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    Re: trojan horse (new posting)

    Thanks for the information. I guess I flipped out when I saw it appear. I'm new to the whole information super highway.

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    Re: trojan horse (new posting)

    Perfectly understandable. Please keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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