How to disinfect a flash drive or removable disk?


Increasingly, public places such as Internet cafes, schools or libraries, become true points of infection for computers, given the amount of people using the same equipment, often without any precautions.

Worst of all is that the computer infection is easily transmitted to devices that users use to work on those machines, such as flash drives, pendrives and external disks. Consequences: the virus and malware are transmitted from one device to another, like an epidemic.

How to disinfect a flash drive disk

Being one of the most used devices to carry information, the flash drive is one of the most frequent victims of these infections, however also are victims external hard drives, flash memory cards, iPods or MP3 players and digital cameras, among others.

All external device that is inserted into an infected computer will be infected, and vice versa! The infection is done automatically by simple connection if autorun is enabled for external devices. After that, just simply double-click on an infected device to immediately infect the operating system.

How to disinfect a flash drive disk

Symptoms

There are three symptoms to suspect the existence of some type of infection:

  • Double click to open the external storage devices does not work, nothing happens.
  • When looking for hidden files or folders, you realize that the pendrive or other device contains multiple files and unknown processes. Caution: We should never double-click on these unknown files, because this way we could activate a virus, if it is no longer active.
  • The key to spread an infection from flash drive to PC and PC to flash drive is “autorun.inf” an executable file which runs other software when you connect a USB flash drive to the machine. Remember: Never run such files.

Disinfection method

Before working with any of the tools that allows us to disinfect a device with virus or malware, you should make sure you have closed all software, and connect to the PC all external peripherals that may be contaminated (USB external hard drives and flash drives or iPod). Note that for every infected disk, we must repeat the operation.

We give you two options for disinfection: FlashDisinfector and RavAntivirus

FlashDisinfector

Step 1. Download Flash_Disinfector on your computer desktop. Follow the link listed at the bottom of the page.

Step 2. Double-click the “Flash_Disinfector.exe” file to run it.

Step 3. If the USB device is not connected, you will be prompted to connect.

Step 4. When the following message appears: “Plug flash drive & click Ok to begin disinfection”, connect the USB memory and / or external USB peripherals that may be infected.

How to disinfect a flash drive disk

Step 5. Click on button “OK”.

Step 6. Desktop icons disappear until you see the message: “Done”.

Step 7. Then click on “OK” to reappear all desktop items.

RavAntivirus

Step 1. Download RavAntivirus following the link listed at the bottom of the page.

Step 2. Connect the devices before running the program.

Step 3. Double-click the file to run RAV.exe program.

Step 4. Once you’ve run RAV AntiVirus, the software will automatically scan all drives on your machine, and the devices connected to PC, that may be infected.

How to disinfect a flash drive disk

Step 5. The software will produce a report if it detects any infection. If not, displays the message: “Your computer is out of danger”

Step 6. Unplug devices and restart the PC.

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