Prevent Folders on Flash Drive From Turning Into Virus

Some viruses deceive users as authentic folders even though they have hidden code inside.

Here’s how it works.

1. When the virus attacks the files and folders stored into flash drive via Autorun.

2. The virus deletes all folders it can find, then replaces them with executable files with exactly the same appearance and file names as the original folders. The  files and folders are actually stored underneath the flash drive so you may not access them. It is usually located at F:(name of drive)/_/(name of folder) as system and hidden.

3. When the user opens the infected folder, the virus repeats the whole process so the user may not access everything inside that folder or another Explorer window opens.

One cannot determine this problem if he or she is using Windows Xp but it can be discerned in Windows Vista or 7 as shown below.

To prevent this problem, keep your operating system up-to-date with trusted antivirus and antispyware application installed.

You might also wish to store them inside a compressed folder as viruses rarely attack compressed or zipped folders as long as the user is its original creator. One advantage of this is that a compressed or zipped file with thousands of images and documents is easier to manage when they are zipped. Another advantade is that transfering a file containing thousands of files is far faster than the files themselves. See it for yourelf.

1.) Instead of creating new folders in your flash drive, select the files you want to store into a folder.

2.) Right click your selection, point to Send To then click Compressed (zipped) Folder.

3.) You may rename the zip file you created.

4.) You can also update (add, modify or remove) the files you created.

And that’s it!


About cloudygearz

listens to music, is now on cloud computing, writes blog articles, designs something new and awesome, and dreams to have a worthwhile vacation

Posted on February 14, 2011, in Tech Stuff, Tips and Tricks, Troubleshooting and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. carpalfingers

    I discovered that this problem can be discerned in WinXP via the Folders toolbar. Just saying. Ha ha

    • You can also verify a folder in XP, right click it then click Properties. If Application is indicated as file type, it is definitely a virus:-)

  2. carpalfingers

    FOLLOWUP: the “virus folder” appearing in explorer is rare to catch, though.

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