How to Remove a Virus with a USB Stick

How to Remove a Virus with a USB Stick

The Pit Crew is always searching for simple and effective ways to make PCs faster and safer.

The good folks at FIXMESTICK® are offering a unique virus removal option on a USB stick – that is worth a closer look.

WHAT IS THE FIXMESTICK® VIRUS REMOVAL DEVICE?

  • The FixMeStick is a virus removal solution on a USB stick that removes virus and malware infections that got past your antivirus program.
  • It easily removes viruses and malware because it’s a separate external piece of hardware that runs before your Windows boots and therefore before viruses and malware can start.
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    I haven’t seen any bootable solution that’s as simple and straightforward as FixMeStick. Most of the major antivirus companies offer rescue CDs, many of them free, but I wouldn’t advise non-techie friends to try those. Instead, I’d suggest the clean up with FixMeStickPC Magazine Security Chief

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    15 thoughts on “How to Remove a Virus with a USB Stick

    1. I bought a fix-me-stick and the damn thing would not do shit. After contacting the “good folks” fix-me-stick (fms) I was told that the stick they sent me had older software and since I bought the “trial” version, They (the good folks at fns) said they would not update the stick unless I paid them a ransom (don’t remember the amount but it was the difference between the cost of the trial version and the “real version”. Now, I might have fallen off the turnip truck, but t was not the night before and though I don’t go to rodeos, I know bullshit when I see it or smell it. And I both saw and smelled a big load. Since then, I have had nothing but trouble with my laptop. I am not accusing fms of planting malware on my computer but, we go back to the turnip truck and rodeo comment.
      So I dug the damn thing out of a drawer and used the Hillary Clinton method of beating the damn thing to pieces with a hammer.

    2. My computer was infected by a program that took all my pictures and wants a payment to return them Will this product restore the pictures? Thanks

      • It sounds like you have been infected with ransomware. Once you have been infected, there a minimal that you can do. Unless of course you have backups or intend to pay the ransom to get the encryption key. PC Matic is a superior software for PC protection that will protect your PC against ransomware; however since you have already been infected, I cannot promise that any software will be able to decrypt your files.

      • @Bob: Right now: if the FixMeStick got infected, we can reset it remotely.
        Near term: the FixMeStick scans itself as part of every session.
        Medium term: the MBR and first partition will be set in the firmware to read-only. The updates are on a subsequent partition not mountable by Windows.

        I’m a founder at …

    3. Hi Adela,

      The FixMeStick doesn’t detect or clean files that are not a virus.

      If the FixMeStick ever makes a mistake (i.e. a false-positive in industry lingo) then you can simply re-plug in the FixMeStick and undo what it did.

      In facts, that’s a nice benefit to an external stick based solution: you can always re-plug in and undo. Whereas if a software program deletes an important system file, you may not be able to run the system in order to get back and undo anything.

      I’m a founder at FixMeStick.

    4. It "sounds" easy enough – just stick any flash drive at night, then in the morning remove it and any virus will becaught inside the FD? If so, how to remove the virus without losing the rest of what FD caught that isn't a virus? I might've misunderstood the article in which please someone explain it to me? Thanks!

      • @Bryan Lancaster:

        Hi Bryan,

        The engines:
        Kaspersky Labs
        Sophos
        GFI’s VIPRE

        The defs:
        Each time you plug-in the FixMeStick, it gets an Internet connection and downloads all software and definition file updates. The updates and their frequency are the same as for the off-the-shelf Kaspersky, Sophos, and VIPRE products.

        I’m a founder at FixMeStick.

        • @Marty:

          So how does it find the correct drivers for NIC’s and such in order to download the latest defs? I assume you’re using some sort of Linux OS, but “FixMeStick” can’t access the drivers (or presumably even find drivers for a Linux distro)if it can’t access the internet because it can’t run the NIC with no drivers.

          Conversely, if FixMeStick accesses the internet WHILE it’s functional in a Windows environment (or Mac or whatever) then it potentially has the same problems as any other drive and it won’t be long before an enterprising, evil, Sierra Oscar Bravo figures that out and incorporates something in his malware to defeat FixMeStick.

          Even if you put the MBR and first partition in read-only firmware, it would seem that all the villain has to do is put something somewhere on the FixMeStick (while it’s hot in another OS environment) to point to and load his nefarious code from any drive/location/memory address on the system.

          Um, no offense and I’m not trying to be a smart-alec, honest. It just seems to me that while FixMeStick might be a handy tool to have in the ol’ arsenal it’s not really a completely bullet-proof solution and $60 a year for unlimited runs on 3 PC’s seems a little high for what is essentially just a live USB/CD.

          • @CloaknDagr:
            So how does it find the correct drivers for NIC’s and such in order to download the latest defs?

            The NIC drivers ship on the FixMeStick.

            it won’t be long before an enterprising, evil, Sierra Oscar Bravo figures that out and incorporates something in his malware to defeat FixMeStick

            Right now: if the FixMeStick got infected, we reset it remotely.
            Near term: the FixMeStick scans itself as part of every session.
            Medium term: the MBR and first partition will be set in the firmware to read-only. The updates are on a subsequent partition not mountable by Windows.

            Um, no offense and I’m not trying to be a smart-alec, honest.

            No problem, you raise solid questions.

            it’s not really a completely bullet-proof solution

            Nothing is, but we’ve helped every single customer remove the infection(s) from their PC(s).

            and $60 a year for unlimited runs on 3 PC’s seems a little high for what is essentially just a live USB/CD

            There’s a lot more technology in a FixMeStick. If interested, check the technical spec, (note – the spec is for the PRO version, but the technology is identical in the standard version).

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