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#1 Broski899

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Posted 23 February 2016 - 04:04 PM

So I have two flash drives that have been with me since I was in middle school and they obtain alot of memories that I would like to recover. The thing is, these flash drives were used on a computer I had a while back that had up to 800 different viruses according to an Avast scan I did before it broke down. It's obvious that the two flash drives I used are carrying some of those viruses as well. Question is: how do I remove the viruses completely without it infecting my new computer? And would this be safer to do if I was using a public computer like a library one? Thank you.

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 06:47 AM

You can scan those flash drives using MBAM and Eset Online Scanner and other programs.

 

See info at Scanning Flash Drive - Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, and Privacy Software

https://www.malwarebytes.org/support/guides/mbam/Scan.html


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Posted 24 February 2016 - 05:35 PM

Alright I'll try them out. Will simply inserting the flash drive in my laptop infect it?

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 06:02 PM

If the flash drives do not carry important data then I would suggest that you format it, it is faster and more painless than scanning them with AV/AM products.

Most malware that spread by flash drives leverage the AutoRun mechanism in XP and earlier versions of Windows - starting from 7 AutoRun is disabled by default. I do recommend that you only plug it into a computer with active AV & AM protection though.

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 06:19 PM

Be sure to review the info in the link for MBAM for making sure the flash drives are marked to be scanned.

 

Scanning using Eset Online Scanner would be a good choice as well as whatever antivirus program you have

presently installed.

 

  • Hold down Control and click on this link to open ESET OnlineScan in a new window.
  • Click the esetonlinebtn.png button.
  • For alternate browsers only: (Microsoft Internet Explorer users can skip these steps)
  • Click on esetsmartinstaller_enu.exe to download the ESET Smart Installer. Save it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the esetsmartinstaller_enu.png icon on your desktop.
  • Check "YES, I accept the Terms of Use."
  • Click the Start button.
  • Accept any security warnings from your browser.
  • Under scan settings, check "Scan Archives" and "Remove found threats"
  • ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer. Please be patient as this can take some time.

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 04:03 AM

I can't format them because they have alot of old files that I want to keep and transfer to my new laptop. Is there anyway I can remove the viruses on them without installing something? I don't want to insert them and run the risk of viruses ruining my laptop. So therefore since I have easy access to a library computer, I'd like to do it on there instead. But I'm not sure if I could install anything on those.

Edit: Didn't see Buddy215's suggestion. I'll try the online scanner. No matter what though I'm not going to insert the actual flash drives themselves into the laptop. I just can't even run that risk again :/

Edited by Broski899, 25 February 2016 - 04:06 AM.


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 07:50 AM

I think you are being overly cautious. But there is a way to view and move the files from the flash drives without

affecting your hdd nor infecting your hdd. It's using a Live Linux OS that only loads in the memory of computer and 

runs from another flash drive, cd or dvd.

If you want to know more about creating a Linux Live medium and how to use it to view or recover those precious files

then start a new topic in the Linux forum.

 

I don't know why you would think it a good idea to use someone else's computer if you think those drives are capable of

infecting them.


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