Prevent Your USB Drive from Spreading a Virus

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By MakeTechEasier.com

Prevent Your USB Drive from Spreading a Virus

USB flash drive is useful because it provides a convenient way for you to bring your data around. However, due to its convenience, it is also a target for viruses and other malware to spread across computers and networks.

In this article, we will discuss the solutions to tackle two situations:

prevent your USB drive from getting infected.
protect your system from USB drive virus attack

1. Securing the USB Flash Drive

There are plenty of solution to safeguard the USB drive, but most of them are computer specific. The method described here should work across different Windows computers.

The following method uses the security permission of NTFS file format to secure your USB drive.

Note: The default filesystem for most USB drive is Fat32, which is good if you are using the it on different platforms such as Linux, Mac OS and Windows. If you are using it primarily on Windows, you can safely convert the file system to NTFS.

Note: You should not convert the USB drive to NTFS if it is less than 2GB in size as the performance of the USB drive may get affected.

To convert a USB drive to NTFS file system, follow the steps below:

1. Insert the USB drive and then go to Device Manager.

2. Under Disk Drives, right click the USB drive name and select “Properties”.

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3. Go to Policies tab and select “Better performance” under Removal policy.

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