Posted 08 May 2010 - 09:00 AM
On Friday, I inserted my USB stick into my laptop and found that I couldn't access the files on it. I tried it on a friend's computer and he found that all the files on the USB stick had been infected and turned into .exe files. To date, I have not had any protection installed onto my computer so I installed Spybot and Malwarebytes. Initially, I tried to install Avast but every time I went to their website the browser would shut down. Eventually, after scans with Spybot and Malwarebytes it found several infections, including a Brontok worm, and I was able to install Avast. I then used Avast to scan my USB stick and it found the same problem - all the files have been turned into .exe files.
At this point, I can't see any of my folders on my USB stick even though I've set Windows to show hidden files and folders. The Properties of the USB stick indicate that space is being taken up on the USB stick so the data is still there and as I mentioned before Avast shows that there are still files on the USB stick. I tried repairing them with Avast but it doesn't seem to work.
So what do you suggest I do? Can I restore the files in any way or is formatting the USB stick my only option?