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#1 geoffo

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:19 PM

I noticed it on the pavement this morning. It is a Sandisk Cruzer Titanium 8gb. I have never used a flash drive before, and I was thinking of looking at the contents to see if I can trace the owner. But now I am wondering if there are any dangers in that it might install software on my PC that I will have problems later removing. I have XP and a USB port.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 01:10 PM

Depends on how well protected your system might be.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:06 PM

Depends on how well protected your system might be.

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SO I'm right, there are dangers? I have Avast, Online Armour and weekly run MBAB and SAS. Should it only load drivers?

Edited by geoffo, 08 January 2009 - 02:07 PM.


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 03:15 PM

To answer your question I'm going to have to move this topic
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Please insert your flash drive before we begin!

Download Flash_Disinfector.exe by sUBs and save it to your desktop.
  • Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.
  • 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.
  • Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
  • Reboot your computer when done.
Note: Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive that is plugged in when you ran it. Don't delete this folder...it will help protect your drives from future infection.
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#5 geoffo

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:15 PM

Thanks for your reply. I'm still undecided as to whether I am prepared to take the risk. But thanks for informing me that there is clearly a high risk. And thanks for giving me the download link if I decide to go ahead.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 09:28 PM

I might get scolded for this... it's not illegal, but it's also not nice.
Carry the drive to Best Buy/Circuit City/Walmart and plug it in one of
the floor demo machines. If it doesn't explode, catch fire, or trigger an
AntiVirus alert you should have no problems on your PC.
Please be responsible with the data. Do not dig any deeper then necessary
to locate the owner. If you do not find this info just reformat the drive.
Do not copy any files to your own system.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 06:52 AM

lol i have recently lost my flash drive with a lot of private data :thumbsup:

But mine was 2Gb =)

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 10:24 AM

wondering if there are any dangers in that it might install software on my PC that I will have problems later removing

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