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Folders changing to application formats!

  1. #11


    Virus for sure, had a similar thing happen when I took USB memory to printers to print some pictures and came back looking like that. All folders turned into files with .exe. MBam and McShield fixed it but had to delete those files by hand.

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  2. #12


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    Exactly. It is odd that the solution is so well known. Perhaps someone will come back and say "Norton does it" or "Avast does it". MSE does stop your PC getting infected but doesn't clean your USB.
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  3. #13


    Schools, printers and other "public" places are Petri Dish for viruses and such infestation. It would be wise to put read only on portable memories and something like MCShield ::Anti-Malware Tool:: on the computer.
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    Or buy your own printer and never interact with the dodgy places. Defender was OK - it stopped it but it was still irritating to fix my USB key...
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Or buy your own printer and never interact with the dodgy places. Defender was OK - it stopped it but it was still irritating to fix my USB key...
    Have couple of printers, for personal use but by printers I meant Print services, I do some leaflets, catalogs and even prepared few large books so I would be buying new printer every month. Also doing some preparing for printing of poster, photographs and portraits on canvas that look like oil or pastel and watercolor. Printing on glass, stone, mugs, plates etc. requires special machines. I am not bloody print service, just doing preparation for that stuff. They are not "dodgy" places but they have so many people bringing their USB or other memory devices that "resistance (to infections) is futile". Wander if the Borg meant did that too. Anyway, unless you are a recluse, you have to carry that stuff like USB memories to a lot of places, that's what they are for, not to stay in the pocket or at home in the vault. All that makes it vulnerable and has to be properly secured and protected.
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    You are absolutely correct. I don't have a printer or a scanner so I have to go to an internet cafe to scan receipts, print boarding passes or cv etc. I assume I'll pick up a virus and 90% of the time I do. It is never that bad (so far) but it is mildly annoying. As you say though - that is what a USB key is for.
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  7. #17


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    Hi adamf,
    i noe that and i'm not much of a pc noob
    the thing is i've tried that too
    but there ain't any hidden things in it
    if there were any probs like u said before a day or two it would have gone
    but this prob persits for almost a yr.
    i think its a faulty usb and theres no way to fix it
    and i've formated the usb for almost more than 1000 times
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by sri2000 View Post
    Hi adamf,
    i noe that and i'm not much of a pc noob
    the thing is i've tried that too
    but there ain't any hidden things in it
    if there were any probs like u said before a day or two it would have gone
    but this prob persits for almost a yr.
    i think its a faulty usb and theres no way to fix it
    and i've formated the usb for almost more than 1000 times
    Well yes, there's limit to it's life time.
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