There are a lot of antivirus solutions out there and many of them are freely downloadable. No antivirus is 100% effective at preventing Malware attacks from USB devices, especially for people who are unwittingly excited to open USB devices from other people’s computer.
- Â Have a good antivirus installed. AVAST is free and can be easily installed in a few minutes.Â Â You may also try Kaspersky and Symantec but NEVER install more than 1 Antivirus Application on your computer. Having 2 or more Antivirus applications running will slow down your computer.
- Keep your Antivirus up-to-date. Having a good antivirus without updated virus signatures is useless.Â
- Install a third party USB protection software such as Panda USB Vaccine. This application creates a protected file named autorun.inf (“Vaccinates your Drives”) in your computer and flash drives and does not allow it to be modified (Read-only) thus preventing most USB propapagated viruses from penetrating your Antivirus and your computer.Â Â
- In the very remote case that you cannot download or even install an antivirus on your computer, you can try the following:
- Go to START, Run for Windows XP, or START for Windows Vista/7/8
- Type in command (for XP), cmd for (Vista/7/8), press ENTER
- On the command prompt, type cd\ , press ENTER to go to the root prompt ( c:\> ) of your Drive ( in this case drive C ).
- Type mkdir autorun.inf, press ENTER.
- Type attrib +s +h +r autorun.inf , press ENTER, to make the folder a System file, Hidden and Read-only.
- Before using or opening files in your flash drive, make it a habit to SCAN your flash drive right after inserting it in your computer. Its as simple as opening your My Computer, right-clicking on the drive letter of your USB and clicking on SCAN (that is, if you have already installed your antivirus).Â
- Lastly, avoid using your USB drives on public/untrusted computers. You’ll never know what viruses are waiting from other computers to infect your USB and your computers.
I hope this helps!