USB drive-we use it on regular basis; it conveniently helps us to transfer files from desktop to/from laptops or even share its content with our peers. It makes life easier. But wait, have you overlooked its threat to our computer?
If the USB flash drive is infected with virus, not only you may lose the data in the storage, you are also affecting the security of every computer once it’s plugged in. Here we bring you one question and the answer of it to show you about the USB drive viruses. Now Let’s check it out.
Hello, everyone. I was wondering if anyone could answer this question for me?
A really nasty virus has recently infected my computer. Now, my computer has a lot of important/valuable files on it. Unfortunately, I was not very attuned with viruses, and I never back up these files. I have access to My Computer and my main hard drive, however, and I want to get these files off of my computer before the pc dies and doesn’t turn back on.
So here is my question:
Could this virus that I have on my PC place itself onto a USB Flash Drive, and then corrupt all the files that I put on the drive afterwards? Or even worse, destroy the drive? Or would the virus corrupt the files while they are on my PC, so I would only be placing corrupt files on the drive?
Answer for It
Yes any Virus or Malware can be stored on a flash drive (ie you can copy a virus to it!)
Flash Drives (although can store virus and malware) cannot be harmed by these files (either its data or the physical drive itself)
But if the infected flash drive is put into a computer, the data and files on that system can be affected.
As for the corruption caused by Virus/Malware, yes data can be corrupted whilst it is being copied on to a USB flash drive (and visa versa) This depends on what the Virus is intended to do.
Therefore your safest option, would be to remove any autorun ability of the flash drive (ie remove autorun.inf off the drive)
And then scan the drive with an updated Antivirus product, before copying or moving files from it (or ideally to it !!)
To help safe gaurd USB Flash Drives, most come with a little switch on the side to “write protect” the drive, which will stop any files being written (copied or moved) to the flash drive. (this helps people like me, when I plug my flash drive into a users infected computer)
Hope this make it clear for you. You can get more information about USB drive data protection on our site.