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I have a computer that is completely hijacked. I cant even get into windows safe mode to install a virus utility software. Id like to use a linux distribution on cd and access the windows users files (pictures,music,etc) and move them to a usb drive. What is the most reliable CD distribution of linux i can use to take care of this?

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Ubuntu and Mint work – cutrightjm Jul 6 '13 at 0:11
You could also try a Windows PE CD/DVD to get slightly better performance. Linux NTFS support is not that fast. – Wolph Jul 6 '13 at 0:33
@WoLpH It'll do though. Less chance of the CD itself becoming infected from accessing the hard drive. – w4etwetewtwet Jul 7 '13 at 10:46
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If you are comfortable with the command line, any linux OS that boots to a live version would do. Ubuntu is a favorite of mine and also Knoppix is great too.

Nice thing about some of the more user friendly distros (Ubuntu) is they auto-mount all the Windows partitions and external drives for you and provide great file explorers to handle the copying, pasting etc.

as a side tip, I would also scan the transferred data before you throw everything back on a fresh new machine.

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