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USB/thumb drive/memory stick protection

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#1 Billermo


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Posted 21 May 2009 - 04:34 AM

In my office, we have one shared computer that is often getting infected via thumb drive/memory stick/USB. Basically, different people come in and plug in their thumb drive, and the infection spreads to the computer as soon as it's plugged in. On this machine we have AVG Free at the moment. It's not stopping this from happening.

These days, is there some special software or tool that can be used so that these thumb drives can be safe to use?

Putting anything ON these thumb drives is impossible since people I don't even know have access to this computer. It would need to be something that's resident on the computer itself. ANd also something that will block virus infection in all cases -- basically that doesn't offer up a YES / NO choice for this thumb drive user so that they can mindlessly quickly click to choose to allow the virus to infect the computer. Some of the people using it, for example, don't speak English, so wouldn't even know what buttons they're clicking or what any of it means.

Basically, is there any dummy-proof mode of protection in this area?

Any help very appreciated.

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 07:06 AM

If this is a corporate computer, we can't exactly help you as the I.T. dept has a set of rules and such for computer (quietman7 has a canned speech about that somewhere...). If that is the case, then you might want to report about it to your I.T. dept.

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 08:22 AM

You would need to run Flash Drive Disinfector on each thumb drive

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.
  • Hold down the Shift key when inserting the drive until Windows detects it to keep autorun.inf from executing if it is present.
  • Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
  • Reboot your computer when done.
Note: As part of its routine, Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive that was plugged in when you ran it. Do not delete this folder...it will help protect your drives from future infection by keeping the autorun file from being installed on the root drive and running other malicious files.
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 09:33 AM

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