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Kudos0

Virus protection on USB drive in Windows Vista

I was recently at an international conference and loaded a PowerPoint presentation via a USB thumb-drive at the conference.  I have been told that thumb-drives have been infected with a virus that will transfer to any Windows computer upon plugging the thumb-drive into the USB port.  How can I remove this virus safely from my thumb-drive, or should I just throw it away?  Thanks!

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Kudos0

Re: Virus protection on USB drive in Windows Vista

Throw it away or use a non-windows computer to delete the partition and reformat it.

Dave

Kudos0

Re: Virus protection on USB drive in Windows Vista

Thanks!  I was afraid that this was the only solution, but wanted to double-check.

Kudos0

Re: Virus protection on USB drive in Windows Vista

@DaveH,

Wow!

So you're saying that we should all throw away our thumb drives because of a "possible infection"?

Thumb drives (also called flash drives) are commonly used to back up files. I've scanned my flash drives with three different virus scanners, including Norton, and none of them have found any infections.

Win 10 Home x64, NS 22.5.5.15, AMD A6-5400K APU and 6GB RAM
Kudos0

Re: Virus protection on USB drive in Windows Vista

Ballistic:

So you're saying that we should all throw away our thumb drives because of a "possible infection"?

I assume the OP meant that thumbdrives used at the conference they attended are at risk, in which case you would certainly want to assume the worst and take precautions against spreading the malware. 

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