From what you describe, it appears you may have a flash drive infection in addition to others.
Flash drive infections usually involve malware that loads an autorun.inf file into the root folder of all drives (internal, external, removable) and automatically executes a malicious autorun.bat file which calls wscript.exe to run autorun.vbs on your computer. When a flash drive becomes infected, the Trojan will infect a system when the flash drive is inserted if autorun has not been disabled.
Please insert your flash drives.Reconfigure Windows XP to show hidden files, folders
. Double-click on My Computer, go to Tools > Folder Options and click on the View tab. Under Hidden Files and Folders
"Show hidden files and Folders
"Hide Protected operating system Files (recommended)
"Hide file extensions for known file types
", and hit Apply > OK.
Open my computer and the drive of your flash drive, search for any autorun.inf, autoran.bat, autorun.vbs files on your drives and delete
all of them.
An easy way to do this is, click Start > Search > Click "All Files and Folders
Under "Advanced Options
", make sure the following are checked:
- Search System Folders.
- Search Hidden Files And Folders.
- Search Subfolders.
Then copy and paste the following into the search box: autorun.inf
to find and delete
all instances of these files.
Repeat and search for: autoran.bat
all instances of these files, then repeat once more for autoran.vbs
. Then empty your recycle bin.
Now download Flash_Disinfector.exe
by sUBs and save it to your desktop.
Note: Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive plugged in when you ran it. Don't delete this folder...it will help protect your drives from future infection.
- Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.
- Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
- The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.
- Reboot your computer when done.