Copying to a usb drive

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brookbend

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I copied exactly one file from an infected drive to a usb drive. I'm affraid to open the usb file on another pc, for obvious reasons. Is there a way to tell if the virus is on the usb drive before opening the actual file?
 

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Scan it with your AV program
 
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Scan the file with your AV & Anti-Malware program. Generally you can right click it & in the drop down you should have an option to scan it. What is the file?
 

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Scan the file with your AV & Anti-Malware program. Generallyuse techniques you can right click it & in the drop down you should have an option to scan it. What is the file?

The file is a small spreadsheet. Let me counter to both your ideas, which are interesting... the scan is as good as your AV. If you have a virus you usually have to use certain techniques to detect or remove. Yuo don't get lucky to find em just by starting your AV.
 
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The file is a small spreadsheet. Let me counter to both your ideas, which are interesting... the scan is as good as your AV. If you have a virus you usually have to use certain techniques to detect or remove. Yuo don't get lucky to find em just by starting your AV.
Didn't know this was gonna be a test.
There are a number of online scans you can also do.
 

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Just wanted to provoke yet another idea. I'll wait a while...to see if any more comments arrive, thanx. I would not have thought of the AV idea.
 

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The safest method is to disable autorun/autoplay on the computer before inserting the flash drive. If there are any autorun.inf files related to the malware then it would execute automatically upon insertion of the flash drive. Otherwise, you would have to click the file to execute it.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967715
 
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