External Hard Drive Trojan Virus

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
November 23, 2007 10:19pm CST
My email has been terribly backed up lately, but I happened to come across a newsletter that I received about a week ago that had some information for those who buy new external hard drives for their computers. The Worldstart newsletter said that there are some of these hard drives with 2 different types of trojan horse viruses built into them. The good news is that they are in China and another foreign country-so far. They just want people to be aware that this is being done and to be careful when purchasing these things because they could pop up in other countries.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
25 Nov 07
Thanks for the informative discussion. If I have any question whatsoever with anything on the computer I go to: snopes.com. It's a great site and posts all kinds of valuable information.
@nancyrowina (3850)
24 Nov 07
I bought an external hard drive case but put one of my own hard drives in it so I should be safe. Thanks for the warning though it's good to know I'll pass it on to my other friends who may be about to purchase one.
• India
24 Nov 07
i'm from india but i've never heard of any such thing here. anyway thank you for alerting us. i'll be careful next time when i purchase one!
• China
24 Nov 07
Wow...Sounds scary! Did the email say which company's hard drives they are? I just bought a 160G hard drive for my computer which is from Samsung. It was seald when I bought it. So I hope I wouldn't get into any trouble. Everything seems normal so far. Thanks for reminding! We should all be careful!
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
24 Nov 07
There is possibly some truth in this because people will go to almost any lengths to install such things on someone's computer. nevertheless, it is not a great danger and does not warrant worrying about. A trojan should be detected and either deleted or blocked by your anti virus software as soon as the drive is connected. All that you need to do is repartition and reformat the drive, and any such threats would be eliminated.
@xtedaxcvg (3190)
• Philippines
24 Nov 07
Oh my! I just bought a 120-Gig external memory drive and now I'm having these threats like trojan.vundo and w32.blastclan.b. Good thing my Norton Anti-Virus blocks them from getting full access to my PC but they keep coming in and all the anti-virus does is block it and disinfect. It'll then come back the next day. I sure hope I could get rid of this as it is really very annoying.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
24 Nov 07
I wish I had half the technological knowledge these people that come up with these viruses have so I could put it to some GOOD use! I don't see what they get out of causing such grief to so many people. I guess there's nothing safe to get from China. I don't have any immediate plans to buy anything like this for my computer but if and when I do I guess I'll get some professional advice. Thanks for the info! Annie