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Windows 7: how to protect removable drives


23 Apr 2014   #1

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how to protect removable drives

How to prevent removable drive from being a carrier of viruses and malware?

1)Sometime you have to transfer data from removable drive to your PC for work and projects. If the PC is infected how do you prevent it from infecting your removable drive?

2)how do you prevent infected removable drive from infecting your PC?

Is there any way to spot it?

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23 Apr 2014   #2

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Hi,
I would say scanning them would be a good practice,
As well as scanning the computers with he same utilities before inserting the removable hdd...
Cheers.
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23 Apr 2014   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by junjun View Post
How to prevent removable drive from being a carrier of viruses and malware?

1)Sometime you have to transfer data from removable drive to your PC for work and projects. If the PC is infected how do you prevent it from infecting your removable drive?

2)how do you prevent infected removable drive from infecting your PC?

Is there any way to spot it?
Panda has a very good tool for this sort of thing:
ANTIMALWARE: Panda USB Vaccine - Download FREE - PANDA SECURITY
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23 Apr 2014   #4

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Along with Panda USB Vaccine (disables a pen drive's Autorun.inf file), consider using SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner:

Download > SUPERAntiSpyware - SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner

It requires no installation. Just copy it to your pen drive and run it whenever you want to check for and remove infections.

The Panda USB Vaccine, to my understanding, will not protect you from any further infections such as worms or trojans that infect pen drives.
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24 Apr 2014   #5

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What about when plugging other people's removable drive how to protect from other people?

When you have to plug in other people removable drives what precaution should you take?
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24 Apr 2014   #6

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Scan with your AV product
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25 Apr 2014   #7

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You mean scan the files you copied over or the whole removable drive?

If you constantly scan the removable drive would it reduce its live span?
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25 Apr 2014   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by junjun View Post
You mean scan the files you copied over or the whole removable drive?
Whole drive

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by junjun View Post
If you constantly scan the removable drive would it reduce its live span?
No
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25 Apr 2014   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by junjun View Post
If you constantly scan the removable drive would it reduce its live span?
I doubt it,
Your also assuming the portable has ever been scanned in the first place
Just say My Computer = My Rules
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26 Apr 2014   #10

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Just wondering, is having an anti virus software sufficient to protect your PC from removable drive threat

As in when the user is a computer newbie (eg.granparents) he/she did not scan the whole drive before using a plug in removable drive to copy or view a file will an AV be sufficient in protecting them from most threat?
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