Windows virus infect Android?

Our "pub" where you can post about things completely Off Topic or about non-silent PC issues.

Moderators: NeilBlanchard, Ralf Hutter, sthayashi, Lawrence Lee

Post Reply
xev
Posts: 217
Joined: Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:47 pm
Location: New York

Windows virus infect Android?

Post by xev » Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:31 pm

I need to access some files from a usb stick that others have said was infected with a worm or virus. I was thinking of reading it on my android via a dongle, would my phone be ok?a
i5-6600K | G.Skill 16GB DDR4 3000 | Zotac 1050Ti | Samsung 850Evo 500 ; WD 1TB ; WD 3 TB ; WD 2 TB ; WD 6400AAKS

Antec P180B|Asus P5B Deluxe/Wifi|Intel Q9550 (2.8) w/ Kingwin 12025| Dominator 4gb + 4gb XMS2 @667|nVidia GTX 260|Seagate 200gb 7200.10|WD | WD 1tb | Sandisk Extreme 120gb

NeilBlanchard
Moderator
Posts: 7680
Joined: Mon Dec 09, 2002 7:11 pm
Location: Maynard, MA, Eaarth
Contact:

Re: Windows virus infect Android?

Post by NeilBlanchard » Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:50 am

I would be wary, since Android is common, and the virus might have a variant version?

Here's what I would do: download a Linux ISO file (I would suggest Ubuntu) and make a bootable disk (or USB drive?). Boot to that, and then use the suspected USB drive, and copy the files you need to the hard drive. Unmount it, and restart in Windows.
Sincerely, Neil
http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/

Gunbuster
Posts: 98
Joined: Sat Jun 21, 2003 12:27 am
Location: Scotland, UK

Re: Windows virus infect Android?

Post by Gunbuster » Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:54 am

Even if the machine reading the files can't get infected, it can still pass it on. You would need some way to clean the files first.

CA_Steve
Moderator
Posts: 7400
Joined: Thu Oct 06, 2005 4:36 am
Location: Monterey Bay, CA

Re: Windows virus infect Android?

Post by CA_Steve » Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:20 am

The even more complex method:
- get a free copy of VMWare and a Linux distro. Set up a Linux VM on your Windows PC and read the file via the VM. If it infects the VM, who cares, as the VM goes away when you kill the process.
1080p Gaming build: i5-4670K, Mugen 4, Asrock Z97 Anniversary, MSI GTX 1660 Gaming X, 8GB 1866 RAM, Samsung 860 Evo 500GB, Crucial MX100 256GB, WD Red 2TB, Samsung DVD burner, Fractal Define R4, Antec True Quiet 140 (2 front+rear) case fans, Seasonic SSR-550FX. 35W idle, 45-55W video streaming, 170-200W WoW, 318W stress test (Prime95 + Furmark)

Support SPCR through these links: Amazon and Newegg

edh
Posts: 1622
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:49 pm
Location: UK

Re: Windows virus infect Android?

Post by edh » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:49 pm

Or you could try a Linux Live CD with a built in antivirus.
Raijintek Metis: i5-6400, Scythe Ninja 4, Asus Z170i Pro Gaming, 8Gb RAM, GTX 950, Crucial 250Gb M.2, Seasonic X-400

Matty Johnson
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu May 04, 2017 2:40 am

Re: Windows virus infect Android?

Post by Matty Johnson » Thu May 04, 2017 2:57 am

NeilBlanchard wrote:I would be wary, since Android is common, and the virus might have a variant version?

Here's what I would do: download a Linux ISO file (I would suggest Ubuntu) and make a bootable disk (or USB drive?). Boot to that, and then use the suspected USB drive, and copy the files you need to the hard drive. Unmount it, and restart in Windows.

Thanks Neil for this valuable info

xev
Posts: 217
Joined: Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:47 pm
Location: New York

Re: Windows virus infect Android?

Post by xev » Thu May 04, 2017 9:50 pm

NeilBlanchard wrote:I would be wary, since Android is common, and the virus might have a variant version?

Here's what I would do: download a Linux ISO file (I would suggest Ubuntu) and make a bootable disk (or USB drive?). Boot to that, and then use the suspected USB drive, and copy the files you need to the hard drive. Unmount it, and restart in Windows.
I make a Ubuntu usb drive and will try it.

I also tried making a VM within the usb drive but had boot issues. Ill disconnect all other drives so only the ubuntu flash is connected

What are some antivirus/scanners that i can load to the linux install to scan the infected drive?
i5-6600K | G.Skill 16GB DDR4 3000 | Zotac 1050Ti | Samsung 850Evo 500 ; WD 1TB ; WD 3 TB ; WD 2 TB ; WD 6400AAKS

Antec P180B|Asus P5B Deluxe/Wifi|Intel Q9550 (2.8) w/ Kingwin 12025| Dominator 4gb + 4gb XMS2 @667|nVidia GTX 260|Seagate 200gb 7200.10|WD | WD 1tb | Sandisk Extreme 120gb

Gunbuster
Posts: 98
Joined: Sat Jun 21, 2003 12:27 am
Location: Scotland, UK

Re: Windows virus infect Android?

Post by Gunbuster » Fri May 05, 2017 11:54 am

Maybe ClamTK, sorry not so knowledgable

Post Reply