Ways to Fix a Virus Infected USB Drive

Every so often users may come across some unknown viruses while working with their USB drives. As USB drives (such as pen drive, external hard disk etc.) are portable they are vulnerable to virus attacks frequently. The two major viruses that user may happen to find on their portable drives are the shortcut virus and auto run virus. As a result of these viruses, user may be having difficulties in accessing data stored on their drives. Hence this article will assist users in knowing a few ways to eliminate virus from USB drives. Below are some useful troubleshooting approaches, have a look at it:

Fix 1: Utilize Anti-malware program

Remove malicious bug from the portable device using any highly reputed anti-virus program. If the system is not equipped with any anti-malware application, then user needs to install it and follow the below mentioned procedure to get rid of malware:

  • Go to Start -> My Computer ->Right click on USB drive of choice -> select option Scan for Viruses

If this method does not work, then you may be wondering how to fix a virus infected USB drive successfully? No worries!! Just try another method given below.

Fix 2: Use Command Prompt

 User can manually remove virus from portable drives with help of Command Prompt. Please go through below steps to know how:

  • Open Command Prompt (Start-> Search cmd and launch this application)
  • Go to My Computer and find out the drive letter of USB drive
  • Enter following command
  • attrib -h -r -s /s /d drive letter:\*.*

Patiently wait for process to complete and after that open scanned removable disk and check whether files can be accessed or not. If not then it’s recommended to go through next given approach to restore data from flash drives.

 Get back data from virus infected USB drive using software

Hard Drive Recovery is an optimal tool that can be used to restore lost or deleted data from any storage device (internal or external). The Graphical User Interface (GUI) is explicit in design and hence proves to be easy to use. This software is stable and free from malware. Further, once it’s completely set up on system, it can be used endless times. Besides all these benefits, it provides an option to save restored data based on title, size, file extension and various other attributes. This application can run flexibly on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows server 2008 and Windows 2003

Directions to operate Hard Drive Recovery

Download this application. Then install it according to the instruction given on screen during the installation process. Later, run it and follow below-mentioned-steps

 The chief screen will show two options- Partition Recovery and Formatted/Reformatted Choose any one option among these

  • Next, select the USB drive from which data has to be restored
  • Scanning process begins to scan each and every sector of drive
  • The rescued data can be viewed in either File Type View or Data Type View
  • Finally save extracted files on any secure location

Note:  If USB drive does not get free from virus, then it’s safe and better to full format the drive