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#1 DogStar5988

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 10:05 PM

Hey everyone, I will be backing up files from a computer that has had a severe virus/malware infection. I am looking for advice on how I can protect myself from re-infecting my computers after using that flash drive. I already have the autorun option disabled on the flash drive but I just want to make sure that I am not going to spread this virus around afterward. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 10:17 PM

Hey DogStar:

For a start, how about Panda USB Vaccine? I use it constantly and it has never failed me [that and disabling autorun]. It may be exactly what you need and it's FREE!

Check it out:

http://research.pandasecurity.com/panda-us...utorun-vaccine/

cheers,
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Posted 24 February 2010 - 12:10 AM

Thanks for the tip lestatar I'll look into that program. Also with flash drives is it likely that if it is infected It would be picked up by a program like Malwarebytes if I scanned the drive? Or is it a different type of infection that wouldn't show up on a scan like that? If it would be picked up by Malwarebytes I may just make sure I scan the drive often. Thanks

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 11:20 AM

Flash_Disinfector.exe by sUBs
  • 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.
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.

Edited by garmanma, 24 February 2010 - 11:22 AM.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 03:28 PM

Thanks for the tip lestatar I'll look into that program. Also with flash drives is it likely that if it is infected It would be picked up by a program like Malwarebytes if I scanned the drive? Or is it a different type of infection that wouldn't show up on a scan like that? If it would be picked up by Malwarebytes I may just make sure I scan the drive often. Thanks


Hey DogStar: No worries.

I am no security expert so don't want to steer your wrong. Am sure other, much more expert folks here can help answer your questions.

cheers!
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