Dangers of mounting the image of a drive infected with a virus?
I have a computer here that is infected with mutliple viruses and what I believe to be at least one rootkit.
It is now so hosed up as to not be able to boot at all.
I am considering capturing a Ghost image of the drive to a USB hard drive
I would then mount the image on another computer and attempt to scavange the user data from within the image.
This is mostly family photographs that were (of course.......) not backed up.
While nothing is perfect, is it reasonable to "assume" the risk of transferring the infection to the host computer on which the image is mounted is minimal?
I would not be executing any programs, and I do understand that viruses could be injected into the image files or etc.
Is there a better approach?
If not, what additional precautions might be in order ... beyond of course running NAV with the latest signture updates on the host computer ;-)