Friday, March 20, 2009

How to Remove AUTORUN.INF virus manually?

Using simple DOS commands we can easily remove Autorun.inf Virus (It spreads thru USB devices like, pen drives)

Boot your system in Safe Mode Command Prompt.

To confirm the Autorun.inf infection
  • Type CD \ - This takes you to the root directory of drive C
  • Type DIR /AH - To Display all hidden.
    If you find a file: AUTORUN.INF, it confirms the infection of the virus.
    If you find a folder :RECYCLED, it also confirms the infection.

To remove the infection.
  • ATTRIB -H -R -S C:\AUTORUN.INF - unhides the hidden file autorun.inf
  • Repeat these steps to other drives also.

AUTORUN.INF virus. Is it in my system? How to check?

  1. Start ->Run->(Type)Command
  2. Type CD\ in drive C to go the root directory
  3. Type DIR /AH and press ENTER key.
This will show all hidden files in drive C.
If you could see "AUTORUN.INF file" and "Recycled folder", then your computer is infected.

How to check it's in my USB?
Try the same steps to your USB drive and check if your USB stick contains the Recycled folder and AUTORUN.INF file. If it does then your USB is really infected.

How to start my computer in "Safe Mode"?

Switch off and Switch on your computer
Press F8 before you get windows logo.