Top 5 Security Tips To Protect Your PC Against USB Viruses

With increasing Anti-Virus Security in place against Email-aware Viruses and Malwares, hackers are turning their attention to less well-defended routes such as USB drives.Well, this is the latest method that’s used by hackers to torment innocent users. However, there are ways that you can protect your PC from USB and Pen Drive viruses.

1. Block USB Viruses
Invest in an excellent anti-virus program that has built in USB virus scan and remover. These anti-USB virus scan programs not only protect your computer from USB Autorun Viruses but it can also clean Worms, Trojans and Viruses in your USB memory sticks.You can try anti-virus programs for USB Viruses such as USB Virus Scan, USB Drive Antivirus and so on.

2.Disable Your PC’s Autorun Feature

When you plug in a USB Drive stick into your system, the Autorun feature initiates automatically. If your USB contains any virus programs, it’ll use the Autorun feature to infect your computer. To protect your computer, disable the Autorun feature.You can disable the Autorun feature via the Control Panel.
Alternatively, you can use antivirus software to disable and enable the Autorun feature whenever you want. Additionally, these USB blocking softwares allow system administrators to specify which removable storage drives users can access.

How To Disable Autorun Feature Manually
1) Go to Run > type gpedit.msc

2) Under User Configuration expand Administrative Templates and select Windows Components.
3) Go to AutoPlay Polices 

4) Double click on Turn off Autoplay
5) Select the radio button Enable- > Click ok
3. Update Your Device Drive
Keeping your USB Device Driver updated is a good way to ensure greater stability for your USB drives. While this won’t help eradicate USB viruses, USB device drivers are constantly updated to block viruses and deliver timely warnings. You can update your USB device drive from your Windows Computer Management feature in the Control Panel.

4. FreeCommander

When a user double clicks on the USB Drive files pointed by the autorun.inf got executed which copies the virus files on your system. So, you should open your USB Drive through FreeCommander , it’s file explorer like Windows Explorer.  


Download FreeCommander

5. Always Safely Remove USB Devices

Viruses are sometimes created via damaged documents. If you are transferring a set of files to your USB drive, make sure the transfer is complete before you eject the device. Always use the Safely Remove Hardware feature of Windows OS. This is because partially transferred or damaged files can in turn corrupt other files on your USB drive.

Do you have questions, comments, or suggestions? Feel free to post a comment! 

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