finding autorun.inf files and deleting recycled directors from external hdd's

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finding autorun.inf files and deleting recycled directors from external hdd's

Post by mike69 on 16th April 2009, 4:15 am

I recently had Belazhar help me go through the process of formatting my hd after experiencing the Virut infection virus. The problem now what was on my external hdd (had originally some infected exe's lurking around that was detected by norton antivirus from plugging it into another PC). Here's my questions.

1) However, I read around that if you let the external hard drive go into auto play mode when you first power up the unit, then that auto play can INITIATE a virus. Is that true? Someone told me to look for an autorun.inf file. I couldn't find it on the external hard drive even after allowing me to view hidden files and folders from the windows explorer. If it has the scan and then "autoplay" window pop up, does that necessarily mean that an autorun.inf is existing in the root somewhere? If so, I was unable to find it.

2) I may have screwed myself. While I was waiting for one of Belazhar's replies in another thread, I took the external and connected it to another pc (not connected to the network) because that pc had norton antivirus and I wanted to scan it. It seems that while scanning , it found a "recycled" folder that had some exe's and it was quarantining it, but I wonder, if that happens, even if it's quarantined, can those files still be used by a hacker to be used from the quarantine folder?

3) Also, the norton antivirus kept scanning through some directories like the

external_hard_drive:\Recycler\

directory, and yet, even after having the options of viewing hidden files and folders, I wasn't able to see those directories from the root of the hard drive. It wasn't listed in the global recycling bin on the desktop either. How do I find this? Do I have to boot into safe mode to see it?

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Re: finding autorun.inf files and deleting recycled directors from external hdd's

Post by mariealabama on 6th May 2009, 5:35 am

Have you tried running a program like Malware Bytes or any other AV anti-malware program on the external drive?

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Re: finding autorun.inf files and deleting recycled directors from external hdd's

Post by Belahzur on 6th May 2009, 1:20 pm

Hello.
Since I helped you, there is a new and better tool developed to deal with autorun.inf flash drive infections.

Please download USBNoRisk to your Desktop and run it by double clicking the program's icon.

  1. Wait a couple of seconds for initial scan to finish.
  2. Connect all of your USB storage devices to the PC, one at a time, and keep each one connected at least for 10 seconds.
  3. If there are more USB storage devices to scan, please take a note about the order in which these were connected.
  4. After all the devices are scanned, right click in the Monitor tab, and choose "Save log". That will open the log in Notepad. Please copy and paste the log into this thread.
Explanation: USB storage devices are all the USB devices that get their own partition letter at connecting to the PC, e.g. flash drives (thumb/pen drives, USB sticks), external HDDs, MP3/MP4 players, digital cameras, memory cards (SD cards, Sony Memory Stick, MultiMedia Cards etc.), some mobile phones, some GPS navigation devices etc.


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