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10 Ways to Recover an Infected USB Drive

 
The USB or flash drive has now become the de facto standard for storing valuable documents, and records because of its portability and capacity. However, the dawn of this useful device has awakened curious programmers and virus enthusiasts to compile viruses to intrude and infect USB drives for fun or business. The harmful effects of a USB virus should not be ignored by end-users because information is precious and expensive. 
 
Here are the ways you can choose from to recover your infected USB Drive:

Option 1:  Enter this code in the command prompt:
     attrib -h -r -s /s /d X:\*.*
     Note: “X” is the drive letter of your USB
    
Source:Wamiq Ali (2011).Shortcut Autorun Virus on Flash-How to Kill/Delete Virus and Recover Hidden Data (hackersthirst.com)

Option 2:  Enter this code in the command prompt:
    X:\> attrib -s –a –h /s /l /d
    Note: “X:\>” is the root drive letter of your USB
    Source: Kristoffer Morada (2012) Unhide Infected Folder
                        topemorada@gmail.com

Option 3: Use Winrar to safely browse your files and remove autorun.inf  
            Source: Prince (2009) How to remove autorun.inf virus, Open Hidden (en.kioskea.net)   
           
Option 4: Enter this code in the command prompt:
      X:\attrib -s -r -h *.*
      X:\del autorun.inf
      Note: “X” is the drive letter of your USB
     Source: Pasan Indeewara(2009) How to remove autorun.inf virus, Open Hidden (en.kioskea.net)

Option 5: Enter this code in the command prompt:
dir/w/a
attrib -r -a -s -h *.*
del filename
Remove Autorun.inf, Ravmon.exe, New Folder.exe, svchost.exe, Heap41a
Source: (pcsplace.com)

Option 6: Download and Install 7ZIP to Manually Remove USB Viruses
    Source: Saru Wan (2012). How to Manually Remove Virus From USB Flash Drive without Formatting? (blogspot.com)

Option 7: Turn Off Autoplay
                 Source: (wikipedia.org)
           
Option 8: Download and Install a USB Disk Security
     Source: CNET Staff (2011). USB Disk Security (download.cnet.com)

Option 9: Download and Install Emsisoft Emergency Kit
    Source: (emsisoft.com)

Option 10: Purchase a good Antivirus Software

Conclusion:
Knowledge is the best solution. Keep Learning.
 
           
About the Author:
Kristoffer M. Morada, the contributor, is a Computer Instructor in Rizal Technological University, Pasig City, Philippines. He believes that a computer virus is an intelligent creation of superb programming. His Facebook email account is: topemorada@gmail.com.

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this will be very useful not

this will be very useful not only for me but for other people like my friends.

THIS will be useful not only

THIS will be useful not only to me but to others.

thanks ser. I love it ;)

thanks ser. I love it ;)

it really helps me a lot

it really helps me a lot because, most of the times my usb drive get infected, and i don't know what to do to recover my loosen files. thanks for this information:) it really helps

that's all good to know.

that's all good to know. easily we can delete viruses and recover our files through those ways.. but how about if your computer is the one who is infected by hidden viruses? just like what happen to my computer last time. it keeps on showing something mysterious named "application manager error" according to some i.t experts there is no program named application manager. how can we handle this? and how to resolve it.?

that's all good to know.

that's all good to know. easily we can delete viruses and recover our files through those ways.. but how about if your computer is the one who is infected by hidden viruses? just like what happen to my computer last time. it keeps on showing something mysterious named "application manager error" according to some i.t experts there is no program named application manager. how can we handle this? and how to resolve it.?

pretty good.. this can help

pretty good.. this can help us to resolve problems in using infected usb drive. especially when the viruses are risky and hidden.

It is Help a lot

through this,,we can avoid and easily delete viruses,,,..thank you sir,,it helps a lot

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