These days, as far as transferring data is concerned, flash drives (USB) come in handy. They offer all the conveniences of compatibility. No matter whom you are a student or a professional, you are going to school or to office, flash drives (USB) always gives you the convenience of not wanting to carry around a hard disk or computer.
But the problem arises when the USB stick gets infected with one of those terrible viruses. Those self-replicating Trojans. Plugging these infected flash drives to other computers compromises not only the data stored in those systems, they also compromises system performance. So, a virus in a USB drive is the most dangerous form of virus. They are mobile. It’s a threat that flies around with us. A Threat that travels with us.
So, in order to prevent the possibility, we have made a compilation of ten tools that would be effective against infected Flash Drives.
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Everyone has heard about McAfee. Now, being emerged as the product of the same company, this is a promising tool to protect your computer against USB threats. The software installs the latest updates stealthily running in background, updating its database of virus signatures, such that it can provide protection against even the latest of viruses. The software doesn’t come free, but being the product of a reputed company with so much history to verify, the cost would be worth it.
This software shields the computer from malicious codes or program which tries to compromise the system via flash drives (USB). It consists of various real-time shields, which provides protection from data theft, confidential data disclosure and also the prevention of unauthorized access.
This cannot be just seen as another tool that removes the virus autorun.inf. It provides a guarantee of maximum security by detecting the viruses which are missed even by the very best, state of the art antivirus tool. It also includes features such as a virus quarantine and a heal system that would try to heal the affected files.
This tool comes in handy, considering the idea that a protected USB drive would be unable to be affected by the autorun.inf kind of viruses, so no matter that has connected to infected computers; the flash drive is going to turn out unaffected. This would help in setting up a check in the virus’s spread rate. The immunize button immunizes the flash drives by disabling its files of autorun.inf.
This tool works on the same, simple principle. It disables the autorun file in the flash drive, inhibiting it to prevent infections as well as possible propagation. When run upon a USB flash drive, the program block the infected autorun.inf forever, ad prevents it from reading, creation, deletion or modification.
Ninja, as the name indicates, waits stealthily in the tray until the moment a flash drive is connected to a computer. Once the pen drive has been plugged, the ninja examines the flash drive for malicious code, possibly the atfmon.exe and autorun.inf.
As the name indicates, it works as a guardian and works in covert, protecting the computer from getting infested with viruses and worms, making it possible for the users to enjoy sharing data such as movies or mp3s.
It provides protection two-fold. Firstly, it protects the computer from infection with the viruses autorun.inf. The second; it protects the USB Flash drive from getting affected
As its name suggests, does only one simple thing. It finds and permanently disables the autorun.inf file which triggers the corrupt code. In that way, it prevents the USB drive to unleash wrath upon the connected computers.
This software has the most transparent operational style. It follows the following mechanism. The program loads itself into the system memory. During the scans, whenever an autorun.inf file is found, it automatically performs a renaming operation into “autorun.inf_current_date_time. It also sets the attributes back normal, thus it possible for visually identifying the virus. This way, the virus is isolated.