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Old 30-09-18, 12:27
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Default Unsolicited USB sticks

Last week I attended a Trade Fair and amongst the "freebies" I was given was an unsolicited USB stick. It is not marked with anything other than the companies name. As this was no doubt purchased by them from a company dealing in Freebies who bought them as a job lot from god knows where, I am loathe to use it.
I wondered if there is a way using my AV (Kaspersky) to check it out or as it was free anyway, just bin it?
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I have already had, "bin it dad, you tight git", from my family and they are probably right. I know it could be full of PUP,s and nasties so why am I bothering asking?.
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Old 30-09-18, 12:45
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These links: Kaspersky Automatic Scan of USB drive

https://forum.kaspersky.com/index.ph...-of-usb-drive/

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How To Make Kaspersky Automatically Scan USB Removable Drives

https://www.intowindows.com/how-to-m...ovable-drives/

. . . . might be useful in setting up an auto scan of USB drives on connection.
Your version of Kaspersky may be different, so check the settings.
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Old 30-09-18, 13:15
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Thanks I will have a look at that.

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Old 30-09-18, 14:01
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Well the set up for past Kasp versions suggested in the post, seems the same on my 2018 version, so I just need to pop it in and see what happens, as the bishop said to actress.
I will let you know what happened, if and when I do it.

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Old 30-09-18, 23:01
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Good luck with that fosseway. Personally, I think I'd dump it, it might fine, but I wouldn't risk any of our PCs for the sake of a USB drive. From PCWorld:

How to keep USB thumb drive malware away from your PC | PCWorld
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Yes, I have thought about it over the week end and decided if I did do it, it could be one of those , Shoot!!!!!!, why did I do that: you idiot" moments.
Bin day tomorrow, big ammer job and bin, I have made up my mind.
Thanks everyone for info but what a waste of time, materials and money producing these things.

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That's the safest decision fosseway, it wouldn't be worth the risk to try using it.
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If was given out at a trade fair then it might be safe, but using your AV to check it would be wise.

http://www.usbcompany.co.uk/blog/cus...itions-events/
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From what fosseway said above, I think it may have gone under the hammer by now Sneakybeaky!
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I expect so. I have been given a few over the years at educational conferences and fairs. They have always been safe. I still have some, but the capacity of the older ones is small by by modern standards. Just reformat the stick. Nothing nasty will survive that.
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