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Windows Defender - Malware Detected

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    Windows Defender - Malware Detected


    Today, when I insert my Transcend 1 TB Hard Drive into the USB slot, Windows Defender has detected a Malware on the Hard Drive. It asks me to restart my laptop to clean it so I restart it. But after restarting and I insert my hard drive again, the Malware is again detected and asks to restart my laptop to clean it. How do I clean it for good so the Malware is gone?

    P.S I don't know what's going on with my hard drive, the folders was not sorted in order and when I click the folder, it opens a new window instead of the current window. This never happen before. I still can access all the folders inside it, movies, games, documents, etc but the main folders was different, when I hover my mouse to the folder, it shows "Windows\System32\cmd" as the location.

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    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64

    Download and install the Free Version of Malwarebytes

    I would start by doing a full scan of your PC first, even before connecting the external HD, then proceed with connecting the HD and scan it. Is your PC forcing a Restart or do you have the option to continue without a Restart?

    There are many Malware scanners available but Malwarebytes is among the best.
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    Thanks. I didn't know I already have Malwarebytes installed. Will use it straight away.

    I have the option to restart it, not by force. I restarted twice but still the Malware is detected.
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    I find this free program: MCShield ::Anti-Malware Tool:: very usefull for protection of malware coming from USB drives. It has a small footprint and is pretty effective.
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    Thanks for that but what if the usb drive is already infected, like my hard drive? Can it remove them?
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    It can remove treat from infected USB drive and it will give you report after. Best thing would be to clean up system as suggested without the USB drive connected and than reconnect it with McShield active.
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    Thank you, will try it !
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    Any updates?
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