Saturday, July 24, 2010

Panda USB Vaccine

As you're probably aware, virus and malware are a growing concern for many users.
You're using your computer just like on any other day... and then suddenly you notice weird popups and warning bugging you every few seconds.
Surprised, you start backtracking your actions... what did you do that might have caused this to happen?

... and then you realize... all you did was use a USB pen from a friend a while back...

Yes... in some cases that's all it takes. In its eagerness to make thing "easy" for users, Windows automatically executes some special files whenever you insert a new media device like a USB pen... and it doesn't take a genius to figure out that's one of the preferred methods for virus and malware to spread around like wildfire.

But here's a nice small (and free) tool that can help you with that: Panda USB Vaccine.

This util makes your USB Pens resistant to this type of attack, by creating a special - and safe- autorun file that can't be modified or deleted. Meaning... nothing else can use it for nefarious intent.

Sure, even though malware can't use the autorunfile doesn't mean you can't have other files on the pen infected - that's why you'll still need to use a up-to-date anti-virus program. But at least, it will help prevent it from spreading around using this autorun method.

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