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I have received a memory stick from a client he is a computer expert of such. Without going into what I do, I can see this client being evasive, possibly destructive, and possibly like to spy on my w… Read More
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7m, 3w agoPosted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
I have received a memory stick from a client he is a computer expert of such. Without going into what I do, I can see this client being evasive, possibly destructive, and possibly like to spy on my work via a virus of sorts, it's unlikely but possible. I have requested financial accounts and been supplied them on memory stick by this person, is there a way to scan the memory stick safely before accessing the files. I only have basic software running such as windows defender, malwarebytes?
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7m, 3w agoPosted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Make sure Windows Defender is set to scan USB as this is not a default setting
Also make sure that OS does nothing when plugging in USB - sometimes people will allow OS to do a specific task when a file type/action is recognised.
Once the above is fixed - it should be safe to connect USB
Windows Defender will then scan automatically (once complete) run malewarebytes
If all OK you should be safe

But, although time consuming, for extra security you should look at running a virtual OS
#2
Don't click on any .exe files I'm guessing if its accounts it'll be a pdf file or something similar
#3
philphil61
Make sure Windows Defender is set to scan USB as this is not a default setting
Also make sure that OS does nothing when plugging in USB - sometimes people will allow OS to do a specific task when a file type/action is recognised.
Once the above is fixed - it should be safe to connect USB
Windows Defender will then scan automatically (once complete) run malewarebytes
If all OK you should be safe
But, although time consuming, for extra security you should look at running a virtual OS

How to a stop the OS opening and running stuff off the stick please?
#4
potatokid
philphil61
Make sure Windows Defender is set to scan USB as this is not a default setting
Also make sure that OS does nothing when plugging in USB - sometimes people will allow OS to do a specific task when a file type/action is recognised.
Once the above is fixed - it should be safe to connect USB
Windows Defender will then scan automatically (once complete) run malewarebytes
If all OK you should be safe
But, although time consuming, for extra security you should look at running a virtual OS
How to a stop the OS opening and running stuff off the stick please?
Haven't read it all but check this link
How To Prevent A USB Drive From Running Anything Automatically In Windows
#5
philphil61
potatokid
philphil61
Make sure Windows Defender is set to scan USB as this is not a default setting
Also make sure that OS does nothing when plugging in USB - sometimes people will allow OS to do a specific task when a file type/action is recognised.
Once the above is fixed - it should be safe to connect USB
Windows Defender will then scan automatically (once complete) run malewarebytes
If all OK you should be safe
But, although time consuming, for extra security you should look at running a virtual OS
How to a stop the OS opening and running stuff off the stick please?
Haven't read it all but check this linkHow To Prevent A USB Drive From Running Anything Automatically In Windows

Thanks :)
#6
potatokid
philphil61
potatokid
philphil61
Make sure Windows Defender is set to scan USB as this is not a default setting
Also make sure that OS does nothing when plugging in USB - sometimes people will allow OS to do a specific task when a file type/action is recognised.
Once the above is fixed - it should be safe to connect USB
Windows Defender will then scan automatically (once complete) run malewarebytes
If all OK you should be safe
But, although time consuming, for extra security you should look at running a virtual OS
How to a stop the OS opening and running stuff off the stick please?
Haven't read it all but check this linkHow To Prevent A USB Drive From Running Anything Automatically In Windows
Thanks :)

running windows 8.1 I went into search and typed in turn off autoplay in the search and it gave me a slide on/off and then specific functions like what to do when I memory stick is added and I choose 'no action' I'm hoping that's going to work
#7
potatokid
potatokid
philphil61
potatokid
philphil61
Make sure Windows Defender is set to scan USB as this is not a default setting
Also make sure that OS does nothing when plugging in USB - sometimes people will allow OS to do a specific task when a file type/action is recognised.
Once the above is fixed - it should be safe to connect USB
Windows Defender will then scan automatically (once complete) run malewarebytes
If all OK you should be safe
But, although time consuming, for extra security you should look at running a virtual OS
How to a stop the OS opening and running stuff off the stick please?
Haven't read it all but check this linkHow To Prevent A USB Drive From Running Anything Automatically In Windows
Thanks :)
running windows 8.1 I went into search and typed in turn off autoplay in the search and it gave me a slide on/off and then specific functions like what to do when I memory stick is added and I choose 'no action' I'm hoping that's going to work
Never used win 8.1 jumped from win7 to win10 and I don't have same issues as you but hope you are sorted
#8
PDF can be used to infect with virus, if at all possible use non standard programs to open files.

For pdf I use Foxit Reader
For Excel I use LibreOffice.

You could also try the stick using a Linux operating system first; you can download a "LiveDisk" version, burn it onto DVD and boot from it, bypassing Windows entirely.

It depends how paranoid you are.
#9
Gentle_Giant
PDF can be used to infect with virus, if at all possible use non standard programs to open files.
For pdf I use Foxit Reader
For Excel I use LibreOffice.
You could also try the stick using a Linux operating system first; you can download a "LiveDisk" version, burn it onto DVD and boot from it, bypassing Windows entirely.
It depends how paranoid you are.

thanks

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