Use a Linux system to format it. Problem solved.
my rule when approaching any wild storage drive: nuke first, ask questions later. curiosity gets you a virus.
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Ya, always wipe before using. :D I haven't found one usb laying around yet :)
LoL at the data found, I wonder how many nudes were found on them :p
Anyway my NOD32 always scans any USB device as soon as it's plugged in, clean away NOD!
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Thanks for pointing this out... Earlier this year I found like 10~ USB's at my school and I'm not sure if they have viruses because I never plugged them in yet.
Now I'll be precaution and plug them in my friend's laptop first before plugging into mine ;) lol jk
Ha! thats exactly what I was thinking Manduh...lol
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Also haven't found and USB keys but I have enough systems at my disposal that I can wipe any drives first before attempting to use them lol. Agree a ubuntu live CD is great for handling stuff like this.
And then have the problem of having a Linux system on your computer that can't do anything actually productive.
This is a little bit shocking. but i have never had a very large need for a usb port. those grenades look sweet though and i may have to get one, but sounds like illl be buying new for sure not used.
What i wonder is whether getting malware from a flash drive is worse than getting it from the internet and if one is harder for your anti virus to find and remove?
Now your being rude. linux is incredible with all sorts of productivity. the most productive years of my life was surfing through all the illegal programs i got from the bittorrent pre downloaded on my linux computer, adobe photoshop , rosseta stone, everry movie ever, ........etc.
virus is virus... they all are dangerous :(
not sure if as soon as you plug the USB in the virus will stream into my system or there's a specific program that I must click on to enable them?
you could also always get deep freeze and never have to worry about an infection again. oh, new virus out that hasn't got a fix yet? Reset -- fixed.
some earlier versions of windows actually autostart some features on U3 enabled devices. For example, sandisk had some software that was installed on most of their U3 drives that would run as soon as you inserted the stick in. This was a horrible security flaw in the windows system, and was finally removed in one of the last major updates to windows 7.
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