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How To Stay Away from The Most Common Virus on Windows These Days

Hi guys, The most common virus that I see nowadays, which has infected almost all systems, is the (Virus Name Here) which commonly propagates through user's USB flash drives (commonly referred to as Pen Drives). Though it causes little direct harm, like other viruses, it keeps running itself on startup, and wastes CPU time. So, here are some steps to follow to prevent it, because Prevention is always better than Cure.
NOTE:Linux Users don't need to read it, because statistics report that almost none of the linux systems are infected by viruses.

Hi guys, The most common virus that I see nowadays, which has infected almost all systems, is the (Virus Name Here) which commonly propagates through user's USB flash drives (commonly referred to as Pen Drives). Though it causes little direct harm, like other viruses, it keeps running itself on startup, and wastes CPU time. So, here are some steps to follow to prevent it, because Prevention is always better than Cure.
NOTE:Linux Users don't need to read it, because statistics report that almost none of the linux systems are infected by viruses.

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  1. When using a USB Flash Drive, DO NOT double click the drive in My Computer to open it, as it causes an infected Flash Drive to run the virus on your system. Instead, right-click and select "Explore". This will ensure that you won't accidently run the virus installation script.
  2. Whenever you see folders/files which you, or the person to whom the Flash Drive belongs hasn't created, then its highly probable thats its a virus which was copied from an infected computer. In such a case, delete the folders/files.
  3. Normally the folders mentioned in above step are named as "System", "Windows", so as to confuse the user that these are Windows OS files. And, the files are named "regsvr.exe", "DriveGuard.exe", again to confuse the user. A file autorun.inf which specifies what happens when you double click on the drive contains the script to install the virus. So delete this also.
  4. Also, one variant of the virus makes copies of itself having the same name as the folder congtaining it. For example, if you have folders Hello, World, Foo, then there will be three files named Hello.exe, World.exe, Foo.exe respectively in these folders. Not only this, the EXE files will have icons similar to that of a folder icon, so as to make the user think its a folder, and double-clicking it will run the virus.
  5. To check if your computer is infected, right-click on an empty space in the taskbar, (the bar which contains your open windows) and click on Task Manager. Now goto tab called "Processes", search for files such as those mentioned in Step 3, which display your username alongside. Note that if these were system files, the user should have been "SYSTEM", not your username. So, terminate these processes, by selecting them and clicking on End Process. Additionally, goto Start>Run and type "regedit" and press enter. If you can see a "Registry Editor" window, you're either probably safe, or the virus hasn't done too much damage.
  6. Get a GOOD Anti-Virus !! My personal recommendation will be AVG Free Anti-Virus which offers a decent performance and a good hit rate. Please don't go for cracked software, avoid software piracy.
  7. Switch to linux !! Statistics report that almost none of the linux systems are infected by viruses (because maximum number of viruses are targeted for the Windows platform, and its easier to breach Windows security, mostly because of user unawareness).


Hope this helps you in keeping your computer safe and secure.