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Bestever Tips To Protect Your USB Pen Drive From Virus

  • 1.USB Write Protector  –This freeware application prevents write access to a USB drives. This will protect USB drives from viruses, malwares, spywares etc.Using this tool you can just copy data from your pendrive to the system but not copy data into the pen drive from the client system.Its only
    190 KB and works with XP with SP2. Download

    2.Disable Your Computer’s Autorun Feature

    When you plug in a USB drive stick into your system, the Autorun feature initiates automatically. If your USB contains any 
    virus, it’ll use the Autorun feature to infect your computer. To protect your computer, disable the Autorun feature.You can disable the Autorun feature via the Control Panel.
    Alternatively, you can use antivirus software to disable and enable the Autorun feature whenever you want. Additionally, these USB blocking softwares allowsystem administrators to specify which removable storage drives users can access.

    How To Enable/Disable Autorun (Windows XP)

    1. Open Windows Explorer by pressing the Windows + "e" key.
    2. Right-click the desired CD-ROM and select Properties from the menu.
    3. Select the AutoPlay tab.
    4. Select each item from the pulldown list and for the Action to perform, select "Take no action" to disable autorun, or pick the apporpriate action to take if enabling autorun.
    5. Select OK.

    3.Portable Antivirus  –

    ClamWim Portable — ClamWin Portable is the portable version of the open source free antivirus program.
    • It is a standalone application, which means incase you want to copy a file to your pen drive, you will have to manually scan the file for infection using the tool.
    • Update the virus signature from the regularly updated Virus Database directly from the USB.
    • It also detects spyware.
    • It takes about 25 MB after installation on to the USB drive. Download
    4.USB Firewall  — USB Firewall automatically detects malicious autorun.inf file when an infected USB device is infected, you can also see what command are written in the autorun.inf file which launched the program and decide whether to let it run or delete the file and the file autorun.inf which launched it.     Download

    5. Always Remove Drive Safely - Viruses are sometimes created via damaged documents. If you are transferring a set of files to your USB drive, make sure the transfer is complete before you eject the device. Always use the Safely Remove Hardware feature of Windows OS. This is because partially transferred or damaged files can in turn corrupt other files on your USB drive. 

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