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Can autoplay USB stick spread virus to windows 8 or 10?

Autoplay was a security hole on older versions of Windows, but can I trust newer version like Windows 8 or 10 to insert USB stick without turning autoplay off?
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How does holding the shift key protect my system from viruses on an USB?

I saw a tip on our local cyber security center informational page that holding the shift key on Windows while inserting a USB drive protect the system from being filled or attacked by malwares on that ...
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Can I safely use a physical USB stick inside VirtualBox (isolated) without possibly infecting the host OS?

There is a program that I wish to run under VirtualBox in order to avoid possibly infecting my computer because I am not sure I should trust the source. (Based on download location). It is for ...
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Are there any known viruses/malware that can infect Ubuntu that come from the USB?

I know that most viruses that can infect the OS from having an infected USB inserted into the PC are mostly Windows only, but is there any possibility that there is one that can affect Ubuntu as well?
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Can a program containing virus, used to flash USB firmware infect it despite formatting?

I was having problems with my Kingston 8GB USB drive (it kept saying "write protected"). I solved the problem by first using ChipGenius and then a program called "Restore v3.13.0.0". I downloaded from ...
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Securely erasing USB flash drives from a bootable media

My question refers to securely erasing viruses from the usb flash drives, including the MBR, in case there is one. I was thinking of booting with Linux from a closed CD-R (a cd rather than USB flash ...
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How to prevent USB flash drive viruses

Can anyone tell me what is the safest way to use flash drive in a secured network( I am not looking for a way to block it). i need a safe practice to use flash drive in a windows network. My ...
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Do VB Macro viruses (ie macros in Microsoft office documents) affect modern Linux systems?

In the area I live and work, viruses in outdated and pirated windows systems are absolutely rampant. (Moreso even than in the "normal" world). It's utter madness to plug in a USB drive anywhere. ...
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Friend borrowed gaming keyboard to use on severely virus infected pc. danger to keyboard?

is it possible for my keyboard, a Logitech G910 Orion Spark to get infected with a virus or a keylogger after a friend used it to type in his log in password? his laptop's built in keyboard wasnt ...
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Can you get a virus / malware just by plugging in a USB device? [duplicate]

I recently bought an electronic cigarette lighter which is charged via USB. I have no idea if the company that made it is trustworthy as it is one of those no-name brands. The thing that concerns me ...
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Re: Intel IME\physical-access exploits - Has a Manufacturer ever (unintentionally) released malware-infected PC Components?

Given the discovery that Intel's IME can be hacked by USB (since 2008), I started researching hardware level exploits - like the Stuxnet USB attack on Iran's Nuclear plant and I'm curious about the ...
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Can a mac carry viruses that could infect a pc via usb stick?

It is common practice for lots of users not to have an antivirus installed in their mac. Even if the viruses cannot infect the mac, can viruses be carried in it and spread to a pc via a usb stick? Is ...
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Protection against Bad USB not working for me

Protection against bad USB as described in this thread by user 10008 in the top voted answer is not working on my PC at the moment. I tried it when trying to install Ubuntu from a Live DVD to a USB ...
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How can I check for a virus and malware on a USB drive using Ubuntu? [closed]

If I plug in a USB drive in to an Ubuntu (18) machine, is it possible to get a virus? How can I see if a (Windows, Mac or other) virus is on it? How can I format it to remove any virus?