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26-02-2010, 01:06 PM
Hi there,

My friend has been using a laptop that he was asked to help free up space. After inserting his flash drive he discovered it had no current virus protection and was riddled with trojans etc.

He is now understandably reluctant to put his flash drive into his pc. What steps can he take to make this safe?


Speedy Gonzales
26-02-2010, 01:16 PM
Install something like MSE make sure the scan removable drives option is ticked. Disable system restore. Then see if MSE picks them up, once you plug it in

26-02-2010, 01:23 PM
Ok good. Is it worth turning off autoplay etc before I start?

26-02-2010, 01:32 PM
Turning off Autoplay is not the answer. See this (http://blogs.computerworld.com/the_best_way_to_disable_autorun_to_be_protected_fr om_infected_usb_flash_drives)

26-02-2010, 10:04 PM
Hi GorCh

Forget mucking around with Autoplay. Here's what to do ...

Download and install PANDA USB VACCINE (http://research.pandasecurity.com/Panda-USB-and-AutoRun-Vaccine/). This checks all USB flash drives etc the moment they are plugged in. It then vaccinates if required. No problems.

Why be without it? It's free!!