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Protect your computer from Viruses when plugging USB devices

Updated on June 21, 2011
Protecting your computer from viruses
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USB devices are often the the tools for Viruses attacking your computer. Viruses often come from virus-infected computers to others and if you are not careful, your computer could be infected. In this article I'd like to show you how to detect whether usb devices infected by viruses or not just by eyes

Step 1 : Press Ctr + Shift when pluggin usb devices, this helps prevent viruses (if any) from automatically running.

Step 2 : Open winrar program or just open winrar type files and change the directory to the USB device.

Step 3: Look at file extensions .exe. if there are viruses on the device, you will see many suspicious files with .exe extensions and have the same file name such as forever.exe, these files are often located everywhere in the usb device. Some Viruses forge folders and hide real folders, you will see folders with .exe extensions in this case. You can delete these files or folders if you believe they are viruses. Now, your usb device should be free of viruses

Step 4 : Upgrage your antivirus programs in your computer. If you don't have any antivirus programs you can download in the internet, some of them are absolutely free. This step help you protect your computer automatically.

After following these steps, your computer should be safe. hope this article helps you so much!


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    • hoangth89 profile image

      Hoang Tran Huy 6 years ago from Hanoi

      It's a little bit difficult to follow step 2, but it's really useful if your antivirus program hasn't been up-to-date. be careful with your data when plugging your USB

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      It also pays to be wary of the systems and computers you plug into. Since USB is such a convenient way to store and share data, many simply carry them around and plug it in different computers. DO so with your own security in mind. remember that you will eventually plug the usb devise to your system.

      Moreover, it's not just the removable disks that can carry viruses, phones and other devices that use usb to interface with other gadgets can also be a carrier of dismal things.

      I will try the Ctr+Shift suggestions, Thanks for the info.