If you didn't know, yes your computer can be infected with a virus by a USB stick. This could lead to viruses or other malicious software placing your personal and financial information at risk. It could even allow someone else to hack your computer and take control. To avoid this, we'll show you several free antivirus programs that will help you protect your USB and computers.
Amir Antivirus is a popular software that specializes in malware that spreads via USB sticks. If there are viruses hidden on your flash drive, this program will scan and clean your USB drive while protecting your PC. No installation is required, and it is available in 5 languages.
You can find more information and download it for Windows here.
AVG AntiVirus Free is a well-known antivirus for personal computers, but it also allows you to scan USBs for virus. If a virus is detected, it will also block and delete them. One advantage of AVG AntiVirus Free is that it updates automatically so that you are protected from the latest threats. It's available for Windows and Macs, and you can learn more about it here.
Bitdefender Antivirus has a broader scope than most other popular antivirus programs, which ensures a high degree of security. This program detects and blocks malicious files and threats on both your USB and computer so that you can be sure that the data you download and share are malware-free. However, with this program, USB scanning is not done automatically. You must scan it manually after inserting it each time.
360 Total Security Essential is one of the few free antiviruses that automatically scans your flash drive once it's inserted into your computer. It can detect and mitigate malicious files, viruses, and other types of security attacks on your PC.
You can download it here for Windows.
Although it's not an independent antivirus software, we've included USB Show because it is a critical component of many popular antivirus programs on the market today. If you've noticed that some of your files have gone missing from your USB, it may have been infected with malware. This is where the USB Show comes in handy. This program will allow you to recover documents on both your portable (USB) drive and your computer's hard drive. Learn more about USB Show and download here for Windows.
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