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Virus on DVD with photos

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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru, 1113 posts) 1 Oct '11 02:16

I had my photos burned on a DVD, and when I tried viewing the photos in an internet shop in Laos, it was not opening,
The clerk said it has a virus....

I went to 2 other shops, I was somehow able to view it, but it was too slow. I thought their computers were too slow.

So the DVD got the virus from that computer shop in Laos. I was still able to view it in a friend's laptop in Thailand.

I am using a new computer and I can't view the photos... Can this DVD transfer the virus to a new computer?
If I use another disc after trying to view the DVD, it will also be affected?

I get to lose all the photos just because I went to a computer shop in Laos...
There is no remedy to a DVD with a viru???

If I try to open the file, I can still view 2 photos, icon sizes... anyway... I'll keep trying.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4358 posts) 1 Oct '11 02:32

I'll make the (rather big) assumption that the clerk was right and that "it" referred to the DVD (and not to the computer on which you tried to open the DVD): Every new Windows computer you put the DVD in - If that Windows computer isn't up to date with security fixes and is thus exploitable by that virus - will be infected by the virus when you run the DVD. You are spreading the virus.
If on one of those infected computers a new DVD is burned, that DVD will also have the virus.

A DVD which has already been burned (and "finalized"; i.e. you can't add more files to it) will not be able to be infected. So if the clerk was referring to the computer on which you tried to open the DVD with "it" (and that wasn't the same computer on which the DVD was burned), then there's no problem, other than the DVD probably being low quality and corrupt (same as if there was a scratch on the surface).

If you know for certain that the clerk referred to the DVD: Find someone with a Mac or Linux computer. Copy the image files (only the image files) from your current DVD to their harddisk. Burn a new DVD with the image files. Throw away the first DVD.

It could also help if you encounter a windows computer with an up-to-date virus scanner, which will actually detect the virus and give you a name for it (which'll be something of the form: "Win32/VirFooBar.J"), which means you can read up on exactly what it is that it does.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3523 posts) 1 Oct '11 16:42

Sander,
When you have a few minutes, take a look at my PM to you. Thanks, Mike

4. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru, 1113 posts) 3 Oct '11 10:27

Thanks, I'll just keep the DVD, till I get home. At least, I still get to view my other dvds on my computer, even if I used the one with the virus. I just had to be so sure.