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Can Antivirus software of online scans identify viruses on portable storage hard drive devices?


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#1 hYlAnDeR~TFC

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 04:58 PM

I have a couple portable backup hard drives and would like to scan them to see if they contain any infections or viruses. Will Malwarebytes (freeversion) be able to do this? Or can I use a reputable free online site to scan my portables?

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 07:24 PM

Malwarebytes can scan external drives, just do a full scan and check the box next to each drive.

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 07:55 PM

Thank you Sightless!

That is great news, thanks for your help!
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Posted 15 February 2011 - 09:18 PM

Happy to help :)

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 10:11 PM

Flash/External Drive Scanning Tools:
  • Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. For usb flash drives and/or other removable drives, perform a Full scan as Sightless advised. The option for a Flash Scan will analyze memory and autorun objects but that option is only available to licensed users in the paid version.
  • Norman Malware Cleaner. For usb flash drives and/or other removable drives to scan, use the Add button to browse to the drives location, click on the drive to highlight and choose Ok.
  • Dr.Web CureIt. Choose Custom Scan after the Express Scan has finished to add your usb or external drive to the scan.
  • McAfee Avert Stinger Tool.

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 10:17 PM

Thank you Quietman7!

Awesome links!
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Posted 15 February 2011 - 10:19 PM

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