My friend has an old hard drive (Windows boot drive, I think XP) that contains data (music, images, etc) that he would like to recover. The problem is that it was infected around 2009/10 with a nasty piece of malware that I suspect is a variant/instance of virut. I surmise this because there was a process called
reader_s that was run by the malware that was almost impossible to kill, and the only solution we ever found was to completely reformat the drive. Some googling leads me to believe this means the malware is virut. For the sake of the question we can assume that is true.
The question is: is it even possible for the hd to infect my mac with this malware if I connect it via a sata to usb adapter?
I suppose the ‘correct’ way to extract the information is as outlined here, but I was wondering what actual risk there is of it infecting my mac if I just plug it in? I can’t find reliable information about whether the virut variant of that time could run on OS X (although I would hazard not)… on the other hand, even if it can’t execute code there, I imagine it may still be possible for infected files to spread if the files are then copied to vulnerable OSs?
- Can my mac become infected by this malware if I copy data (media only, no executables) to it from the infected Windows hd?
- Even if not, can then transferring those (media only, no executables) files from my mac to a windows machine infect that machine (assuming this is virut)?