4 best antivirus solutions for USB flash drives

By: Costea Lestoc
4 minute read

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USB flash drives are useful storage devices that are not expensive at all. You can use a USB flash drive to keep emergency information and current project files always with you. You can also use them to carry your browser and program settings with you and use them on any computer featuring a USB port. Flash drives are also useful for troubleshooting and repairing all kinds of issues. You can also use flash driver to make Windows run faster and run a different operating system without changing your hard drive.

USB flash drive make life much easier. But wait a second! They can also pose a thread to your computer’s security.

If your USB flash drive is infected with malware, it can cause not only the loss of your data, but also spread malware to all the computers it gets plugged into.

Today, usage of USB drives has increased a lot because of their portability. Hackers, exploiters, and eavesdroppers have found many ways to use USB flash drive to infect PCs. Infected USB flash drives can transfer personal or financial information to the intruder or even delete important data from your computer.

Prevention is always better than cure. For this reason, we’re going to the best tools to protect your computer against infected USB flash drives. We strongly recommend you use these tools.

Antivirus software for flash drives

Bitdefender USB Immunizer (recommended)

Autorun-based malware is one of the world’s most vicious e-threats. Introduced back in the Windows XP era, the Autorun feature has rapidly become the main infection tool for many cyber criminals.

The USB Immunizer software is Bitdefender’s response to this enormous and steadily growing problem. The software disables autorun-related threats before they can even access your computer. Once the program is installed, it will regularly check for newly inserted USB storage devices, immunizing them on the spot.

If you plug in an infected USB drive, your computer will not auto-execute the malware code stored on it. The Computer Immunization setting disables the registry entry related to Autorun. In this manner, removable storage device (except for CD & DVD ROM media) won’t be able to execute any malware upon mounting. It also immunizes each system partition with a specially-crafted autorun.inf file.

The USB immunizer is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Thai, Vietnamese, Polish, Farsi, German, French, and Romanian. The software reads the current location of the user in the Region and Language settings, and automatically loads the appropriate language file.

Panda USB Vaccine (suggested)

The Panda USB vaccine is a free utility that disables the Autorun feature from USB drives, preventing malware from infecting your PC.

When this software is applied on the USB drive, it will permanently block the autorun.inf file and it will prevent it from being read, created, deleted and modified. In this manner, Windows won’t be able to automatically execute any malicious file that might be stored on the flash drive.

You can then use your USB flash drive in a normal way to copy, move or delete files.

The software works great on FAT and FAT32 USB drives. As a quick reminder, the USB drives that have already been vaccinated can only be reversed to a previous state through formatting. Users can also operate the software via command line.

We also recommend downloading Panda antivirus (50% off) which will double your USB-health security.

ClevX DriveSecurity

DriveSecurity is a powerful antivirus solution dedicated to users who often transfer various files, such as pictures, music, videos via USB drives. The tool nips malware in the bud, removing it before you transfer any infected files to your drive. In this manner, your USB flash drive is always malware-free.

DriveSecurity detects a wide range of threats, including viruses, rootkits, worms and spyware.

ClevX DriveSecurity USB antivirus features:

  • Works with any USB drive
  • Automatic scanning and virus removal
  • No host installation required
  • Encrypted secure drives companion.

DriveSecurity is available on a yearly subscription for $8.50 for one drive. The yearly subscription for 3 drive costs $17.00.

USB Disk Security

This program detects any virus before it infects your memory stick and then your whole system. By their very own nature, flash drives are prone to infections. Oftentimes, users connect them to various computers and this increases the high risk of getting infected.

Once you install it, the USB Disk Security will automatically run whenever a flash drive is inserted into your machine, checking for infections. USB Disk Security also features a USB scan tool and various repair options. Unfortunately, these feature are not available in the trial version.

USB Disk Security delivers a high level of protection against any malicious programs. It protects your PC against data theft and accidental disclosure of confidential information, preventing unauthorized persons from stealing your data. The tool is also compatible with other antivirus software, and won’t slow down your computer.

When you minimize it, the USB Disk Security will run silently in the task tray. The limitations of the trial version are a bit disappointing. The program is very efficient at scanning inserted flash drives and we really think it’s worth checking it out.

This list features 4 of the best antivirus solutions for USB drives. All these programs are light weight, automatic and compatible with fully -fledged antivirus software.


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