How to Save PC From Infected USB While Using it
Most virus infection comes while using USB with computer. USB device is used to carry data through PC and office or from market to PC. Public places where we can use computers such as internet clubs, offices, markets where there is local network area is enabled are considered to have potential virus carriers where USB/Flash drive can easily get infected and later on can cause data loss/virus/malware/adware infection in your home PC. Be careful enough while using USB drive while outside to avoid virus infection. There is a way to be safe from even infected USB while using it.
This method is not 100% safe though but you are still at safe side. Make a habit to use USb not by double clicking, exploring it or opening it as you insert USB and a popup window prompts you to browse it. Umm…No. Instead open any browser window and type there USB path to open it.
Open it like you open C drive by putting C:\ in browser window. Suppose my USB drive letter is appearing K. I will open any browser window or my computer. I will type K:\ in the address bar an hit enter. For additional care you can enable show hidden files and folders option from folder options and show hidden operating system files and folders from there. This will even show you hidden files or folders in the USB. You can have a clue by looking at that whether it contains any hidden file or folder with suspicious name or not.
For these options, Click at Tools in the top menu bar, click folder options and then click at view tab.
Tools » Folder Options » View
» Check option Show Hidden Files and Folders
» Uncheck Hide Protected Operating System Files (Recommended)
At least for the time being till you are done with the data transfer from USB drive. After that change these settings back to default. If you have anti-virus program or anti-malware/anti-adware program, I recommend to check first for infections in USB before opening it/using it.
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