Monday, March 23, 2009

Avoid Virus From Spreading Through USB Drive

*** Don't get panic about the virus, try to avoid ***
• Virus & worms are easily spread by carrying it on a removable medium such as USB Drive, I-Pod, CD and Floppy.
• USB Drive is otherwise called as “Flash Drive”, ”Thumb Drive”, ”Memory stick”, ”External USB Hard Disk”.
• Even though we have very good Antivirus, new Viruses are one step ahead than Antivirus.
• We cannot restrict USB Drive, but we can avoid spreading of virus & worms through USB Drive.
• So we have to be little bit careful while working with USB Drive, some precautionary steps are follows.

Step 1:
• Don’t allow the USB Drive to Auto Play after plug in, cancel it.

Step 2:
• Go to My computer
• Devices with removable storage
• Do not double click the USB Drive
• Note the drive letter assigned to USB Drive as mentioned in the screen shot
• Here E:

Step 3:
• Go to --> Start --> Run -->Type E:

• Now you can view the contents of your USB Drive
• Copy the necessary files
• Repeat the process while using USB Drive
• Now your Laptop is free from viruses & worms
• It is a time consuming process, but no other way to avoid the virus

*** How to find USB drive affected with Virus? ***

• After inserted USB drive
• Enable Hidden files & folders
• The screen shot below shows the USB drive which is affected with virus

*** How to Enable Hidden files & folders? ***

• Goto Tools -->Folder options --> click view tab
• Under view tab goto --> Advanced settings --> Hidden files and folders
• Click radio button “show hidden files and folders”
• Remove check mark “Hide extension for known file types”
• “Hide protected operating system files”
• Click Apply, ok
• Below is the screen shot

After Enabled the hidden files you can view the virus in the USB drive.

*** What is inside the Autorun.inf? ***

Autorun.inf script:


NOTE: Script & exe files may vary


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