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Windows 7: Scanner for USB Flash Drive

14 Apr 2013   #1
dfs4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 
Scanner for USB Flash Drive

What is the best scanner for usb flash drive? preferrably free. I just installed a fresh copy of windows 7 and would like to scan the flash drive when I plug it into the laptop the next time.


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14 Apr 2013   #2
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

dfs,

What AntiVirus program are you using?
Does it have an option for scanning removable drives?

avast! Free AntiVirus scans removable drives.

There is also a program that provides a means of securing USB drives, memory cards, external hard drives, etc., and is designed to prevent infections transmitted via removable drives.

It is called MCShield. (This program has no association with McAfee.)

If you wish to use it, do the following:

Before installing, unplug the USB drive from the computer.

Next, download: MCShield ::Anti-Malware Tool::
Save to the Desktop.

Double-click the MCShield-Setup to install the program.
Follow the prompts.

Once at the program console, click Run for MCShield to finish its initial scan.

Under the General and Scanner tabs, use the defaults items already checked.
Click: OK

Now, plug in your USB storage device to the computer (only one device at a time).
Scanning is done automatically. (Uses a heuristic engine to detect and neutralize threats in real-time.)

When done, a report is created.

The report can be found by going to: Start > All Programs > MCShield > Logs

If any malware is found, please post the McShield report in your reply, and we'll see if any additional actions are necessary.
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14 Apr 2013   #3
dfs4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

I don't understand this part

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cottonball View Post

use the defaults items already checked.

other than that I clicked 'default' under general and scanner tabs and inserted the flash drive and the little pop up in tray said 'no malware found'. So I guess it is safe to use this flash drive. Thanks
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14 Apr 2013   #4
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Any antivirus is able to analyze USB drives like any other disk, there is no need for a separate tool. If something tries to sneak by the autorun, any decent antivirus should catch and block it. Moreover, some may directly block autorun altogether. But apart from this, USB drives are exactly the same as regular hard drives.
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15 Apr 2013   #5
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Some AVs do not scan removable drives by default.
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18 Apr 2013   #6
cyrilhubert

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cottonball View Post
Some AVs do not scan removable drives by default.
You will have to set the option or custom scan to scan the USB drive before plugging it in or else if it autorun then you will have trouble.
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