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How to remove write protection virus

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  • Transcend
  • Virus
  • Pendrive
  • Write Protection
  • Defender
Last response: in Antivirus / Security / Privacy
June 11, 2015 8:29:39 AM

My friend gave me a Transcend 2 GB (JF V30) pen drive. It was infected with virus. My antivirus suite (bit defender total security 2015) scanned and found 18 viruses,worms etc in total. It said it successfully disinfected 17 of them but one archive was password protected, so it couldn't access me. It asked me to restart my PC and launch bit defender rescue mode. Even in rescue mode, it couldn't scan the archive and asked me for its password. I nor my friend have any idea where that archive came from. It certainly wasn't put there by either of us. Worse, when I reinserted the pen drive bit defender again found 18 viruses (they had same name as earlier ones) and this time I asked to delete the infected files. It showed 17 files successfully deleted. When I inserted the pen drive 3rd time the viruses again showed up. I can't modify any content of the pen drive because as soon as I try to do so, it shows the pen drive is write protected. However, I can copy the contents of the drive but can't delete, move or transfer new files to the drive. I tried formatting with CMD, mini-tool partition wizard. Even when I tried to format the drive in Linux, it showed the drive is write protected.
I am quite sure the pen drive is not corrupted since I can still copy the contents. I think the write protection virus is stopping the antivirus from disinfecting/deleting the virus, but it shouldn't be the case. The write protection virus should also be deleted by the antivirus. And yes, I am using licensed version of bit defender with the latest updates.
Any solutions?

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June 11, 2015 8:54:59 AM

as cheap as pen drives are chunk it in the trash and get a new clean one .. if its got all that you say it does why would you keep using it on you computer and risk any or all that transferring over to your harddrive ??
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June 11, 2015 9:27:17 AM

You just need to remove the write protection. Here are instructions for doing that:
http://en.kioskea.net/faq/4214-remove-write-protection-...

I also read that some people were successful by just booting off their Windows DVD with the drive plugged in and going to Advanced Windows install to DELETE the drive's partition from there.
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June 11, 2015 11:26:09 AM

junkeymonkey said:
as cheap as pen drives are chunk it in the trash and get a new clean one .. if its got all that you say it does why would you keep using it on you computer and risk any or all that transferring over to your harddrive ??


Actually, my friend copied it on his PC and showed it to me. Moreover he doesn't have a proper antivirus, that's how the pen drive got infected in the first place.
As for ditching the pen drive, my friend says he doesn't have a use for it anymore. But still, I would like to know if there is anything that I could do to fix this.( If my 32 GB pen drive now gets infected in the same way, that would be a real mess!)
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June 11, 2015 11:28:41 AM

''My friend gave me a Transcend 2 GB (JF V30) pen drive. It was infected with virus''

this friend of yours did he not know it had full of virus's ?? I'd hate to think you keep jacking around with it and end up infecting everything you had plugged it in to ..

pen drives are cheap
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June 11, 2015 11:29:28 AM

SBMfromLA said:
You just need to remove the write protection. Here are instructions for doing that:
http://en.kioskea.net/faq/4214-remove-write-protection-...

I also read that some people were successful by just booting off their Windows DVD with the drive plugged in and going to Advanced Windows install to DELETE the drive's partition from there.


If I keep the pen drive already inserted and then boot up with a bootable usb, won't I risk my boot sector or MBR getting corrupted by the viruses as I already have a pre-installed OS and other partitions?
As for the fix by registry, I don't have the mentioned key>>HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies.
I have Storage under control directory, but nothing called "StorageDevicePolicies". I also tried searching for "WriteProtect" key throughout the registry, but nothing came up.
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June 11, 2015 11:43:14 AM

junkeymonkey said:
''My friend gave me a Transcend 2 GB (JF V30) pen drive. It was infected with virus''

this friend of yours did he not know it had full of virus's ?? I'd hate to think you keep jacking around with it and end up infecting everything you had plugged it in to ..

pen drives are cheap

Yes he knew. It was the very reason he gave me the pen drive. He wanted me to find some way to remove the virus. And I don't thing I run the risk of getting my PC infected as I have a antivirus and bit defender is among the best antiviruses. I plugged it only in my PC, not any other devices. As for the time I tried with linux, I did that with a live cd .

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June 11, 2015 12:10:39 PM

ya I would feel your running the risk ... big risk . antivirus or not -

funny you said Linux would not format it ? - for me Linux runs over anything and formats all my write protected drives with ease that windows cant do a darn thing with .. then after Linux formats [fat32] them they all work with out issues in windows and all
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