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USB Question - Please Help!


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#1 stormbreaker

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 12:52 AM

Hi there, sorry if this is in the wrong section, this is my first post! A couple days ago, I was infected with a virus. I don't know the name of it, I just remember clicking "allow" when a notification window popped up asking for permission for googleupdate.exe. Anyways, I immediately turned off my computer, opened it in safe mode, and backed up my important files onto 2 of my USB drives. Then I took out my USB drives, turned off the computer, and then recovered my computer to its original factory state. So currently, my computer is virus-free and back to new. But now, I'm scared to use my USB drives and plug them into my computer to retrieve those files. Will the USB drives have the virus on it and then infect my computer again? What should I do? Thanks in advance for your help.

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 11:33 AM

Install this on your computer...

Download, and run Flash Disinfector, and save it to your desktop (Windows Vista and Windows 7 users, scroll down)

*Please disable any AV / ScriptBlockers as they might detect Flash Disinfector to be malicious and block it. Hence, the failure in executing. You can enable them back after the cleaning process*

  • 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.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users
Flash Disinfector is not compatible with the above Windows version.
Please, use Panda USB Vaccine, or BitDefender’s USB Immunizer


Now you're safe to plugin your USB drives and scan them with your AV program, or format them.

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