Virus removal from Micro SD card

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by Rookie27, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. Rookie27

    Rookie27 New Member

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    Hi, I'm wondering what's the safe way to remove viruses from a micro sd card. My friend plugged has viruses on her micro sd card. She said when she plugged in the card, her anti-virus did pick up the viruses but they managed to infect her laptop. Should I boot safe mode and run a scan? She's running Windows 7.

    Also, this is a really silly question, but can files corrupted by viruses be saved? I mean, her files that are supposed to be there are not there. That means they're gone for good, right?


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  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Please do the following to disinfect the flash media. Your files may be unrecoverable but you won't know until this is done.

    You can download flash disinfector and run it with your usb flash drive attached to the system. It will create an autorun file that will stop any infections from getting on it.

    • Please download Flash_Disinfector.exe by sUBs and save it to your desktop.
    • Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.
      Note: Some security programs will flag Flash_Disinfector as being some sort of malware, you can safely ignore these warnings
    • The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives including your mobile phone. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.
    • Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
    • Reboot your computer when done.
    Note: Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive plugged in when you ran it. Don't delete this folder. It will help protect your drives from future infection.
     
  3. Rookie27

    Rookie27 New Member

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    Hi, it's not working for me man. I run it and Windows says the software did not install properly. Also, McAfee says the download website is dangerous?


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  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Hence the reason why this was in red bold type. However, if the system and flash card is that bad off, you may be forced to format and lose everything.
     
  5. Rookie27

    Rookie27 New Member

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    Oh yeah, crap. So... should I turn-off my anti-virus and redownload and install it? Sorry for overlooking that highlight.

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  6. voyagerfan99

    voyagerfan99 The Chicken Master Staff Member

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    Yes. Disable the real time scanning of McAfee.
     
  7. Rookie27

    Rookie27 New Member

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    Dude, tried it with one of my own SD Cards, worked fine I think, just said "Done" at the end. But with my friend's card, I'm getting an error message saying the drive cannot be written because it's write protected. :S
     
  8. voyagerfan99

    voyagerfan99 The Chicken Master Staff Member

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    You made sure the slider that says "Lock" on the side of the card wasn't pushed up?
     
  9. Rookie27

    Rookie27 New Member

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    Dude... you are so right. Don't know what's wrong with me lately. Silly me. Found her files. The folders they were in were somehow hidden. I'm not sure if it's all her files, but I think I'll return her card to her first. Let her check it for herself. Thanks man.


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  10. Rookie27

    Rookie27 New Member

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    Also, I ran Recuva (normal scan) and recovered a few files. Should be good enough, right?
     
  11. Rookie27

    Rookie27 New Member

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    She said the files are all there. :) Thanks guys.
     

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