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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tools To Save Your Computer From Infected USB Drives

USB Flash Drives are the most common and Cost effective way to transfer data or share files from one physical location to another. But do you know that USB Devices are the biggest medium to transfer virus, worms, Trojans and other infected files. According to Report at Trend Micro Inc virus attacks through USB flash drives had increased more than two folds in September 2008.Even my personal Computer got infected many times by infected USB and I think everyone had gone through the same experience at least once.

How This Virus Spread

Each Removable Media contain Autorun.inf file which tells window what to do automatically when a device is installed/plugged. The Virus creators take advantage of this thing and copy an infected autorun.inf file in to the Flash Drive. So when you mount this flash drive on any computer with Window installed on it , Window will auto-execute this file and run a corrupt program which will infect your computer.

Remedy

In This Post I am going to discuss some tool which will disable any AutoRun features and manually launch programs when using a flash drive

Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine:- The Free Panda USB Vaccine disable Autorun.inf file so that no program from Your USB Device can auto execute .You Can Download it HERE

Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine

Tweak UI: - Another Free Tool which you can use to save your PC from infected USB is Tweak UI. Tweak UI has a very simple user interface. It will disable execution of Autorun.inf file in any removable media. You can download it HERE

Tweak UI

USB Firewall: - USB Firewall is a Tool From Net Studio which will block all virus and other infected programs whenever an USB Device is inserted. USB FireWall can too clean all your partitions for auto launched Application from partition by deleting autorun.inf file and its associated application. You can download it HERE

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