FlashDisinfector is not malware. However, certain embedded files that are part of legitimate programs or specialized fix tools such as FlashDisinfector may at times be detected by some anti-virus and anti-malware scanners as a "Risk Tool
", "Hacking Tool
", "Potentially Unwanted Program
", or even "Malware
" (virus/trojan) when that is not the case
. This occurs for a variety of reasons to include the tool's compiler, the files it uses, registry fixes, malware strings it contains and the type of security engine that was used during the scan.
Common detections include nircmd.exe. NirCmd
is a command-line utility that allows writing to and deletion of values and keys in the registry and is used in other specialized fix tools
Such programs have legitimate uses in contexts where a Malware Removal Expert asked you to use the tool or when an authorized user/administrator has knowingly installed it. When flagged by an anti-virus or security scanner, it's because the program includes features, behavior or files that appear suspicious or which can potentially be used for malicious purposes. These detections do not necessarily mean the file is malware or a bad program.
It means it has the potential
for being misused by others or that it was simply detected as suspicious due to the security program's heuristic analysis
engine which provides the ability to detect possible new variants of malware
. Anti-virus scanners cannot distinguish
between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert you or even automatically remove
them. In these cases the detection is a "False Positive
". Either have your anti-virus ignore the detection or temporarily disable it until you run the tool.
As an alternative to Flash Disinfector which is an older tool, you can download and use Panda USB Vaccine
which allows for computer and usb vaccination..alternate download link 1alternate download link 2
-- Computer Vaccination will prevent any AutoRun file from running, regardless of whether the removable device is infected or not.
- Double-click on USBVaccineSetup.exe to install the program to C:\Program Files\Panda USB Vaccine.
- Read and accept the license agreement, then click Next.
- When setup completes, make sure "Launch Panda USB Vaccine" is checked and click Finish to open the program.
- Click the Vaccinate computer button. It should now show a green checkmark and confirm Computer vaccinated.
- Hold down the Shift key and insert your USB flash drive.
- When the name of the drive appears in the dialog box, click the button to Vaccinate USB drive(s).
- Exit the program when done
-- USB Vaccination disables the autorun file so it cannot be read, modified or replaced and creates a hidden AUTORUN_.INF on the flash drive partition as protection against malevolent code by preventing a malicious autorun file from being installed. The Panda Resarch Blog advises that once USB drives have been vaccinated, they cannot be reversed except with a format. If you do this, be sure to back up your data files first or they will be lost during the formatting process.