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How to Remove the Recycler Virus From a USB

Updated February 21, 2017

The Recycler virus attaches itself to your USB flash drive and gets passed around whenever you plug it into a computer. This virus takes advantage of the USB drive's "autorun" feature. The autorun feature causes programs to start loading onto your computer immediately upon plugging the flash drive into a USB port. Unfortunately, the virus uses the autorun feature to activate itself. The Recycler virus can change registry keys and slow down your PC over time.

Plug the USB flash drive into your computer and power on the PC.

Go to "Start > Run" and enter in the word "cmd." Hit "OK" to load the Command Prompt on your desktop.

Type "F:", the default drive letter for USB flash drives. Hit "Enter."

Type " attrib -r -a -s -h ." and hit "Enter" to delete all the "Read Only," "Archive" and "System" attributes from the flash drive.

Type "del ctfmon.exe" and hit "Enter" to delete the Recycler virus from the USB flash drive.

Type "exit" and close down the Command Prompt. Remove the USB flash drive.

Run an antivirus program on your PC to remove any traces of the virus on your hard drive.

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Susan Reynolds has been a writer since 2008. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of South Florida and is a licensed real estate agent in Florida.