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#1 cajunnurse

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 01:04 PM

I had bought this USB to try to back up some files on a computer that was acting fishy. When it was inserted into the computer the antivirus software on the usb detected a problem and recommended removal immediately after ejecting. On a different computer Norton detected win32.virut on the usb and removed it. I immediately scanned it and my entire computer again. Everything is coming up clean. All scans on the USB itself with it's antivirus software and Norton on my hard drive are coming back clean. Is it safe to continue using this USB. I don't want to infect my new pc or anyone else's for that matter.

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 02:12 PM

Hmmm... if you want to continue using the flash drive, I'd recommend reformatting it. This will delete everything on the drive, including any viruses.
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Posted 02 May 2009 - 02:27 PM

Ok, I am not very tech savy. Can you tell how I would about reformatting it? I would really hate to do that if I don't have to. I just bought the darn thing and it came with all kind of software on it. I haven't been able to even look all of it. :thumbsup: Is there no other way?
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Posted 02 May 2009 - 02:33 PM

If you're positive any/all viruses have been removed, then you don't have to reformat. After reading over your original post again, it seems that the threat has been taken care of. I personally don't use any of the preinstalled software on the drive, so reformatting would be my choice.
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Posted 02 May 2009 - 02:49 PM

Could you tell me how to reformat it? Just in case? lol I am very nervous about infecting my new computer and am in the process of getting my logs checked to make sure nothing slipped through the cracks. I really appreciate your help. :thumbsup:
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Posted 02 May 2009 - 03:03 PM

Go to My Computer, then find the drive. It should be called Removable Disk. Simply right-click on it and you'll see the Format... option. When you click it, a popup box will appear giving you the drive's capacity, what file system you want to format it to, allocation size (I don't mess with this) and what you want to name the drive after the reformat. It'll also give you an option to perform a quick format, but I usually leave this unticked.
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Posted 02 May 2009 - 03:09 PM

Thank you. I really appreciate your time. Now I just need to decide. There were a few programs on there that I liked. Does anyone else have any thoughts?
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Posted 02 May 2009 - 05:25 PM

Take a look at this post: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...t&p=1124316
And follow those directions. I would do this before formatting your USB Drive.

Pay particular attention to the part in Green.

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 07:53 PM

Thanks! I really didn't want to have to reformat the darned thing. :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 May 2009 - 11:10 PM

Well I ended up reformatting my computer. Now I am way too freaked to put that USB anywhere near this thing. I guess that's $20 down the drain! :thumbsup:
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Posted 04 May 2009 - 08:14 AM

Sorry that you had to reformat
One thing to remember if you buy another thumb drive, run Flash Drive Disinfector on it as soon as you get it.
Some drives were shipped with a virus already on it
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 03:50 PM

Whoa, that was unexpected... Sorry to hear that.
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