Stopping viruses on pen drives

Pen drives have created an easy way to move files and documents from one location to another however with flexibility also comes the possibility of the pen drive picking up a virus and transferring it to your PC.

Viruses in pen drives spread quickly because many people are unaware until it`s too late, that their pen drive even has a virus. And because they are always being plugged in somewhere, they are easy targets for virus scams and duplication.

As soon as you plug it into a USB cable and double click on the icon, the virus can infect your device and can copy the virus right onto your computer. It happens fast and easy and usually you have no idea that your equipment has become infected.

The best way to keep USB viruses from injecting themselves to your PC or laptop is to Disable the USB Autorun feature.

  1. Click the Start button, then Run and enter “gpedit.msc” without the quotes
  2. Go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System
  3. Scroll down to “Turn off Autoplay” and double click on it
  4. Click on the “Enabled” radio button, then for “Turn off Autoplay on” select “All drives”

It is also important to ensure that your PC has an efficient, up to date antivirus

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