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Ways on how to Protect your computer from USB viruses

by: Mon Peter I. Damiles | 16 Mar, 2011 11:50:00

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Nowadays, USB devices or flash disks are the modern diskettes. They are handier and can accommodate large amount of files because of its large storage capacity ranging from 128MB to 32GB. But did you know that these devices are also the best medium for viruses? Viruses from your USB can infect your computer silently because of its stealth features. This means that they can enter your system without your permission. There are different kinds of viruses that can harm your computer and that can also cause your system to run abnormally.

There are certain viruses that will disable your tasks manager, shut downs your computer, make your computer slow down and more but the most common USB virus is the one who hides your files stored in your USB. You may think that your files had been deleted but normally, the virus will only hide it and you can still access your files by doing these steps: First, you need to go to your folder options. Second, go to the view tab and then select “Show hidden files, folders and drives” and press ok. Third check your USB if your file has been recovered. And lastly, highlight your hidden files and then uncheck the hidden option located in its properties.     

To protect your computer from viruses, make sure that you have a reliable antivirus program to block viruses from entering your system, and also make sure that it’s up to date because there are new viruses out there that may not be detected by your antivirus if it’s not updated. And also, be careful in inserting your flash disks in internet café’s or shops because most of them do contain viruses.

You may be using an antivirus program installed in your system but it may not be enough. In this case, you can use a program called USB DISK SECURITY to protect your computer. It will automatically detect if your USB has a virus and it will ask you to delete it. This will be your guard against USB viruses. This protection is real time and it will be scanning all your USB devices. I recommend this program to avoid further damage to your system caused by a virus. This can be the solution to your infected USB devices. For added security, you can also use antivirus programs that are installed directly to your USB to prevent viruses from entering your USB’s. This can help you prevent viruses.


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