Usb base antivirus?

By mephisto_007
Nov 14, 2007
  1. Hi, I'm just wondering why not having a USB (Flash, Drive) containing an anti-virus software instead of having to install it on each of every computers? and let say a friends of mine having a hard time of getting rid of the virus (due to the fact he didn't have any internet access to update his anti-virus definition) then a USB base anti-virus would be a great ideal to used... or perhaps its can't be done?
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    As far as im aware, most if not all antivirus scanners need a driver to be placed in the system32 directory. Fot this reason, a scanner must be properly instaled on a pc for it to work.
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    There are quite a few so called portable AV programmes around and while I don`t think they`re as good as a resident AV programme, they`re certainly handy in certain situations.

    Take a look HERE for some ideas.

    Regards Howard :)
  4. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 363

    The thing is, , the stand alone Antiviruses - like Stinger - are ONLY scanners, and won't screen EMails or Downloads like a Resident Antivirus. Even AVG Free does this.

    A really effective way of removing Malware from your friends PC's is to remove their HDD, plug it into yours {or a Test Bench one} as a Slave either directly or in a USB Caddy, and scan it then - that way no viruses are active, and the removal is more thorough.

    Obviously don't go opening any files etc until you've scanned the HDD & removed any nasties.
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