Removable media scanned for malware

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Why should removable media be scanned for malware “on-demand” and/or “upon insertion?”

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The basic idea here is that scanning “on demand”/”on insert” prevents anything that might be set to auto-run from infecting the system.  Its more of a cat-mouse game, and all in all should be better remedied by disabling the ability to run apps at start up from removable media.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    Well, to minimize your security risks! :) Not sure if this is a business problem or a homework questions....Every situation is different, only you will know. Malware might not be as prevalent on removable media but it's still quite the problem. Better to be safe than sorry.
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  • Genderhayes
    Scanning your computer to identify such threats deleting or moving such threats to the Virus Chest. Deleting and/or moving malware and viruses to the Virus Chest effectively prevents them from interacting with different computer systems, for instance, the file system or email programs.
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  • CharlieBrowne
    Removable media is a very common way to get a virus loaded on to your system and/or network. It is definitely NOT a trusted source.
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  • jinteik
    to explain more, i have my friends laptop that does not scan removable when its plugin, and the laptop is full with virus
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  • bhannah
    My systems are set to automatically scan for Virus / Malware when removable is inserted into the system.  Since viruses and malware now usually detect removable media and will infect it, it is a good idea to have it scanned upon insertion. Almost the good AV / Antimalware system scanners have the ability to make this setting.
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