USB drive virus on Windows XP SP2

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USB drive
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Windows XP SP2
When you earlier used to insert my pen drive in the USB port, a virus called autorun.inf used to pop up and none of the folders used to be visible only their shortcuts were visible and they didn't work. Now the different files appear with different random icons though they stay in the same format. How do I remove these problems?


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windows xp service pack 2 and transcend 4 gb pendrive
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You should get Microsoft Security Essentials and also the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MRT) to scan and clean this system. You may not be able to recover everything from the USB drive if it was deeply infected. It may be better to delete the partition and reformat the drive to ensure it is clean than trying to recover the data.

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  • jinteik
    For my pc's i disable the autoplay function for USB.. and yes i do reco microsoft security essentials on your pc..
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  • Subhendu Sen
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  • bhannah
    I still have an XP machine running with a reputable AV Product running on it. (Symantec).  Symantec is set to scan anything that is inserted into any USB port.  I have to have this because I am supporting legacy machines that software on them that will not run virtually, and will not run on anything new than XP.  I would scan all your USB Flash Drives with a reputable. AV Product that also scans for Malware too.  Symantec also has a product called power eraser that will erase stubborn viruses.  I am also running Malwarebytes and Rogue Killer on the XP machine that I use.  Nothing finds everything, and I believe in a multiple layer defense.
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  • TheRealRaven
    I wouldn't have recommended MS Security Essentials even when it was available for Win XP. It can be downloaded and installed today from some secondary sites, but I wouldn't expect it to run because it shouldn't be able to access current malware/virus definitions from Microsoft. It will ask you to run the update the first time you start it. and you can then expect it essentially to fail.

    For Win XP, SP 2 is out of date standing on its own. There might not be any really effective cleaner/protection that will run on it. An upgrade at least to Win 7 might be required. Post back if that's not possible.
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  • bhannah
    Norton Internet Security will run on Win XP, because I am still running it on two XP Machines.  They are both being provided with updated definitions.  I would not trust MS Security Essentials because the updates have trashed two machines that I have.  Avast will also run on a XP Machine.  Malwarebytes and Rogue KIller will also run on a XP Boxes   I know this because I have to support a Doctors Office that has a machine at it that has Diagnostic Software and Hardware that will not run on anything newer, and will not run virtually.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Use MWAV and this is trusted and works better. It is an emergency tool that is not necessary to install. Just download and then run with full scan/ clean.
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  • ToddN2000
    Malwarebytes and MWAV are my 2 anti virus programs of choice. Either one should help you out. They both have free versions.
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