How to check a flash drive for viruses?

Andrey Kim
Andrey Kim
March 10, 2015
How to check a flash drive for viruses?

Each user must protect his PC from viruses, which, unfortunately, can infect the device not only over the network, but also through an infected flash drive, and therefore before opening the flash drive you should always check it for viruses.

Let's see how to check a flash drive for viruses for free.

Do you have an antivirus?

Of course, you can check the USB flash drive for viruses only if an anti-virus program is installed on your PC. You can download antivirus, for example. This link leads to the official website of Kaspersky Lab, in the Trial Versions section. Here the user can download a trial version of any product he likes completely free of charge and use it for 30 days.

How to run a check?

  1. Insert the USB flash drive into the PC.
  2. Open the "Computer" section.
  3. Click on the flash drive with the right mouse button and select the "Check for viruses" item in the drop-down menu.
  4. Wait for the scan to finish.

If the scan shows viruses, the antivirus will prompt you to choose one of the available actions.For example, treat or remove a virus. In some cases, treatment is not available, and only one option is offered - delete, while, of course, the infected file can also be lost.

Disable autorun!

In some systems, the autorun mode of the flash drive is configured by default; in this case, the flash drive is automatically instantly opened by the system, and the user does not have time to perform a virus scan. Of course, autorun is a convenient option, but not safe, and therefore it is better to turn it off. Make it simple:

  1. Go to the "Start" menu, select "Control Panel", then "All the elements of the control panel."
  2. Find the section "Autorun".
  3. Uncheck "Use autorun for all media and devices."

Remember, when you remove the check mark from this item, all media, not only flash drives, will have to be started in manual mode, but this is even good, because by and large, before opening, you need to check not only flash drives, but also all devices that you plug in to pc.