Malware can certainly insert itself on external drives. The question is how high is the risk?
The security of Shockwave, like many programs, depends on how you use it, and if you keep it up to date.
When you put your privacy in the hands of online companies it’s going to boil down to: How much do you trust them?
Quality and features in hard drives can change over time. So first, look at your needs.
System restore just doesn’t seem to work reliably. There is actually a much better way to protect your system from corruption and mistakes.
When you reinstall an operating system it overwrites everything on your computer. If you didn’t backup a file, you are going to have a hard time finding it.