Scanning a USB stick

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  1.    02 Sep 2017 #1

    Scanning a USB stick


    What's a secure way to scan a suspect USB stick for malware/virii? I don't want to just plug it in with the possibility of getting infected. It's from a neighbour that we've known for years but I don't trust her computer skills.
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  2.    02 Sep 2017 #2

    I have since thought that one way would be with a linux live distro.
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       02 Sep 2017 #3

    swarfega said: View Post
    I have since thought that one way would be with a linux live distro.
    Good thinking. Another would be with a VM. That's if one is willing to risk losing it.
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  5.    02 Sep 2017 #5

    Thanks, will look at that.
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       02 Sep 2017 #6

    swarfega said: View Post
    Thanks, will look at that.
    Please let us know if you use that and how it goes. Personally I wouldn't be sticking that thing in my main system, but that's me.
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  7.    02 Sep 2017 #7

    Indeed I wont be, I will use my insider/linux machine. More likely Linux although thats not completely infallible either.
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       02 Sep 2017 #8

    Down the road you might want to use a USB immunizer on all your FD's. I have all my FD's immunized, but I'm still wary about plugging them into an unknown PC.

    http://www.askvg.com/panda-usb-vacci...lware-attacks/

    The free Panda USB Vaccine can be used on individual USB drives to disable its AUTORUN.INF file in order to prevent malware infections from spreading automatically. When applied on a USB drive, the vaccine permanently blocks an innocuous AUTORUN.INF file, preventing it from being read, created, deleted or modified. Once applied it effectivelly disables Windows from automatically executing any malicious file that might be stored in that particular USB drive.
    BitDefender USB immunizer is another free tool created by BitDefender Labs which is similar to Panda USB Vaccine.
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       02 Sep 2017 #9

    Unlikely your neighbour would have one, but apparently there are devices around which look like a USB memory stick but are actually intended to fry your electronics.
    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016...fries-devices/
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       02 Sep 2017 #10

    DavidY said: View Post
    Unlikely your neighbour would have one, but apparently there are devices around which look like a USB memory stick but are actually intended to fry your electronics.
    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016...fries-devices/
    Yep, seen those, they are supposed to have software installed first to limit their destructive ability & test if your system is safe from such attacks. Unfortunately they can be used to do quite a bit of harm to everyday objects that have USB ports out in public nowadays.
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