How to check a thumb drive for virus/keylogger/ spyware/etc ?

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  1. Jacee's Avatar
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       #11

    Yes
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    Oscar Hotel said:
    First I have to figure out how to use this forum. Very difficult to answer or even read my account.
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    How does a person respond to another person in this forum ?

    If you want to respond, as I have done here, to something a member has posted then click the "Quote" link at the bottom right of their post. How to check a thumb drive for virus/keylogger/ spyware/etc ?-image.png Their name and the text of the post will be inserted in the 'Quick Reply' editor where you can then add your comments. You can also, as I did above, delete parts of the quoted text to leave just the bit you are replying to.

    The person you quoted should get a notification that they have been quoted, so they'll be aware you have replied to them.

    If you want to reply without quoting but still want the member to be notified then you can 'mention' them. To do this, include their name with the @ character immediately before it, like this...
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  3. Posts : 38,344
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       #13

    To scan flash drives you can use windows defender or the antivirus software installed on the computer:

    Open file explorer > this PC > identify the flash drive > view right click menu options

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  4. Golden's Avatar
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    zbook said:
    To scan flash drives you can use windows defender or the antivirus software installed on the compute
    Unfortunately that approach is a high-risk one - the thumb drive could be loaded with malware which executes once it is inserted into the USB port. In this case, the Panda vaccine is the safest approach.
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  5. Posts : 38,344
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       #15

    One link commented on using the registry to turn off autoruns.
    These were others:
    USB Flash Drive Malware: How It Works & How to Protect Against It - Hashed Out by The SSL Store™
    10 Tools To Protect Computer From Infected USB Flash Drives - Hongkiat

    It seems that the threats are relatively low for transferring files among known personal computers.
    Higher if using computers in public places.
    And very high after finding a random flash drive.
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  6. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       #16

    Just an FYI.

    I used Panda on one USB drive. It changed the label and will not permit the label to be rename.
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  7. Jacee's Avatar
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       #17

    What did it rename it to? Or re-lable it as?
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  8. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       #18

    USB Drive or maybe just USB.

    I'll look when I get home.
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