Fight The Pen Drive Virus Attack

Need to constantly put pen drives in public computers? Do you need to transfer a lot of stuff from your friend’s PC? Have you been running Anti-Virus scans every time before inserting a pen drive? Are you skeptical of using your pen drives on public computers? Do you hesitate to lend your pen drives to your friends? Do you fear your PC getting infected of viruses through pen drives? Are you? Do you? Tension not!

Well, sorry for that Home Shoppe 18 plug :lol: Here are 2 small utilities that shall help you overcome one of the most common method for spreading viruses via pen drives ie. Autorun.

1. Autorun Eater:

Autorun Eater was born due to increase of malwares using the ‘autorun.inf’ tactic to infect users unknowingly be it from flash drives, removable hard disks or any other removable storage device. When an infected device is infected with a malware and an ‘autorun.inf’ file is dropped, the shell menu is normally modified to execute the malware whenever the unsuspecting user double-clicks the infected drive.


  • Scan and remove suspicious autorun.inf files found in the root directory of all drives, C-Z, in real-time
  • Add and remove from startup entry
  • 3 optional registry fixes (Task Manager, Regedit & Folder options).
  • Users are informed whenever a suspicious “autorun.inf” file is detected.
  • Backup copies of suspicious “autorun.inf” file(s) are created before the original copy is removed for easy recovery.

2. Panda USB & Autorun Vaccine:

  • Computer Vaccination

The free Panda USB Vaccine allows users to vaccinate their PCs in order to disable AutoRun completely so that no program from any USB/CD/DVD drive can auto-execute.

  • USB Vaccination

USB Vaccine can be used on individual USB drives to disable its AUTORUN.INF file to prevent malware infections from spreading automatically. When applied on a USB drive, the vaccine permanently blocks an innocuous AUTORUN.INF file, preventing it from being read, created, deleted or modified.


EDIT: As mentioned by Debsuvra, if you’re on Vista/7 keep Defender & UAC on & you might not be infected.