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How to remove external hard drive virus?

If your system is infected by a virus, you can remove it manually or using a trusted third-party software. There are a lots of antivirus software available for download. Sometimes, the manual method of removing virus also works out. To perform the manual virus removal process, you have to know about your drive letter. Find the drive letter and then perform the virus removal process. Detailed instructions to remove external hard drive virus are given below. Read and proceed with the same. You can also get help from our technical experts in resolving any issues with your computer.

Will formatting harddrive remove virus?

In most cases, formatting your system or drive will remove external hard drive virus present in it. But, before formatting the computer, make sure to take a backup of all the important data from your hard drive.To format your virus-infected external hard drive, follow the instructions given below.

  • Link your external hard drive to the computer using a USB cable.
  • Click StartFile ExplorerThis PC
  • Now, the list of drivers and devices installed on your computer will appear on the screen.
  • Locate your external hard drive in the Devices & Drives section and select it.
  • In the top row of the menu list, you can find the Manage option, tap it.
  • Select the Format option in the Manage menu list.
  • Now, the format window will appear on the screen.
  • Choose the File System and Allocation unit size from the drop-down menu.
  • Mark the checkbox beside the Quick Format option and click the Start button. Now the formatting process begins.
  • Once the formatting is completed, the Format Complete dialog box will appear on the screen. Click the OK button displayed in it.

Remove recycle bin virus from external hard drive

You can remove the recycle bin virus from your external hard drive in two different ways.

  • Using a trusted third-party antivirus software.
  • Using the Command Prompt application.

Using third-party software:

  • There are lots of third-party software available for download.
  • Some of them are AVG antivirus software, AutorunExterminator, and Malwarebytes anti-malware.
  • Install any one of the antivirus software on your system.
  • After that, connect your external hard drive to the computer.
  • You can use a USB cable to link your external hard drive to the computer.
  • Launch the antivirus software installed on your system.
  • Choose your drive and click the Full Scan or Quick Scan button.
  • Once the scanning process is done, the list of threats will be displayed on the screen.
  • Perform the on-screen instructions to remove the recycle bin virus.
  • After removing the recycle bin external hard drive virus, re-scan it to make sure that all the viruses are removed successfully.

Using the Command Prompt application:

To launch the Command Prompt application on your system, follow the steps given below.

  • Click the Start menu or Window icon and type the Run command.
  • On the Run wizard, type the cmd keyword and tap the Enter button on your system’s keyboard.
  • Now you have to note down the letter of your external hard drive.
  • On the cmd window, type the attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* command.
  • In the above command, g is the letter of your external hard drive. If your external hard drive letter is F, J, or D, change it accordingly.
  • Now, the recycle bin virus present on your external hard drive will be removed successfully.

How to remove scr virus from external hard drive?

  • Install a third-party antivirus software on your system.
  • Launch the antivirus software installed on your system.
  • Link your external hard drive to the computer.
  • Launch the antivirus software, and select the external hard drive from the list.
  • Click the Scan option. Once the scanning process is done, perform the on-screen instructions to remove the screxternal hard drive virus.

How to remove a virus from a hard drive?

You can remove the virus from your hard drive manually or using third-party software. The virus removal procedure for different types of viruses is discussed above. To get remote assistance in performing any of the processes, click the Call button available on this screen.

How to remove the autorun virus from hard disk drives?

Autorun Virus is a type of virus that writes itself on external drives. It affects the computer whenever the user opens a Flash drive in Explorer. This type of virus widely spreads through hard disk drives, flash drives, and memory cards.

Follow these steps to remove Autorun Virus from your hard disk drives:

  • Open the command prompt window on your Windows computer by navigating to the Start menu and select Run.
  • Type "cmd" in the search bar and click OK.
  • On the Command Prompt screen, type "cd\" and press the Enter key to access the root directory of c:\.
  • Enter the "attrib -h -r -s autorun.inf" command and press the enter button.
  • Enter "del autorun.inf" and press Enter.
  • Repeat the same process for the other drives and enter "d:" for D-drive and enter "e:" for the E-drive.
  • After completing the above step, Restart your computer and use the external hard disk drives free from Autorun Viruses.

If you find difficulties in performing the above method, use the alternative approach to remove the Autorun Virus.

  • You can also remove the virus by editing the Registry.
  • First, click the Windows icon on your computer and access to My Computer.
  • Navigate to ToolsFolder OptionsView
How to remove the autorun virus
  • Choose the Show hidden files and folder option and disable the Hide protected Operating system files feature.
  • Click OK to save the changes.
  • Now, right-click on the external drive to select the Open or Explore option. 
  • Delete the autorun. Inf and MS32Dll.dll.vbs files permanently using Shift+Delete keys on the keyboard.
  • Click Start and select Run.
  • Enter Regedit in the search box of your Windows to open Registry Editor.
  • Go to the left panel and select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrent VersionRun
  • Delete the entry MS32DLL using the Delete key on the keyboard.
  • Now, delete the entry Window title Hacked by Godzilla: You need to click the HKEY_CURRENT_USERMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain options
  • Go to the Start menu to select the Run tab.Type GPEDIT.MSC in the Run dialog box. 
  • Select User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesSystem
  • Give a double-click on the entry Turn Off Autoplay to display the Turn Off Autoplay properties.
  • Select EnabledAll drives and click OK.
  • Once again, navigate to Start menuRun and type MSCONFIG in the search box to open the system configuration utility dialogue
  • Click on the Disable icon in the System Configuration Utility dialogue window.
  • When the window prompts you to restart, select the Exit without restart option.
  • Now, navigate to ToolsFolder Options on the top of the menu
  • Click on the Do not show hidden files and folder option and check the Hide Operating system files feature.
  • Clear all the files in the Recycle Bin to prevent the possibilities of the Autorun Virus attacks.
  • Finally, Restart your computer and run your system free from Autorun viruses.
  • If you still have a problem with removing the Autorun virus, contact our technical experts.

How to remove the shortcut virus in external hard drive?

A Shortcut virus will generally delete or hide the original files on the system and make a copy of them to display their shortcuts.These viruses will generally spread when you open the infected files and folders. It grows large and damages your data, system, and more.The shortcut virus-infected file format will be shortcut.ini and shortcut.exe. These viruses can be removed by using cmd, Registry, or antivirus software.

Follow these steps to use Command Prompt(cmd) to remove the Shortcut external hard drive virus:

  • Open your computer system and connect your external hard drive, which is infected.
  • Run the Command Prompt(cmd) as an administrator on your Windows.
  • Type attrib -h -r -s /s /d F:\*.* and press the enter key.
  • Replace the F on the above command with your external drive letter.
  • Type del autorun.xxx and press enter on the keyboard.
  • It will delete all the files on your external hard drive.
  • Now, use any data recovery software to recover the data on your external hard drive.

You can access the Registry Editor to remove the Shortcut Virus. 

  • First, open your Windows and navigate to the Start menu.
  • Type Regedit in the search box. Right-click on the Registry Editor icon and select Run as administrator.
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
  • A new window will get displayed, showing all the files running on your system.
  • Choose the infected files from that list and delete the selected files.
  • Make sure that you don’t delete the uninfected files.
  • Now, restart your system and check for the Shortcut virus.

The other alternative way to solve the Shortcut virus is by installing a standard Antivirus software on your system. It will perform a scan to detect the Shortcut virus and remove it entirely from your device.

How to remove trashes virus from external hard drive?

Trashes Virus is a type of malware that is originated from the Trojan family. These viruses are capable of slowing down your computers and redirecting your browser homepage.When the trashes virus attacks your system, the ".Trashes" file gets attached to the folders.You can check whether your system is infected by trashes virus just by checking the file formats.The Windows will have ".NTFS" file format and the Mac will have .exFAT (Extended File Allocation table).Follow these steps to remove the Trashes virus from your external hard drive:

  • Connect your external hard drive with the system.
  • Click the Windows icon and navigate to the Start menu.
  • Open the command prompt by pressing Windows + R keys on the keyboard and type "cmd" on the Run panel.
  • Change the directory to the infected drive (for example, type cd e: for the drive-E).
  • Run the check-disk on the drive by typing "chkdsk e:/f" in the command prompt to fix the issues automatically.
  • Press Y if it prompts to eject the disk.
  • Now, the trashes virus will no more be available on your external hard drive.
How to remove trashes virus

Will replacing hard drive remove virus?

Replacing a hard drive is recommended only when the hard drive is not usable. The external hard drive virus can be removed just by performing a clean reinstall on it. This is an assured way of removing all types of viruses from the hard drive.This clean install will delete all the data on your hard drive. Before the clean install, scan the entire hard drive using an antivirus software and copy the virus-free data to an external hard drive, so that you don’t lose any important data.

Hard drive delete scam virus remover

Hard Drive Safety Delete Scam is an adware that gets displayed on your computer.If you accept and follow the scam, a virus gets installed on your computer and modifies your system settings.It repeats the fake alerts while using your browser and scares the victim by notifying that the hard drive will be deleted.

To remove this Hard Drive Safety Delete Scam, follow these steps:

  • Using the Windows Control Panel:
  • On your Windows, navigate to the Start tab.
  • Enter"control panel" in the search bar to open the Control Panel.
  • Select the Uninstall a program option from the Control Panel screen.
  • A list of programs will get displayed on your computer screen.
  • Choose the programs that are related to Hard Drive Safety Delete Scam and click on the Uninstall button.
Hard drive delete scam virus remover

In may cases, it is recommended to use an Antivirus Software to identify the malware on your computer.

To remove the malware from the browsers, carry out the following procedure:

  • Open your Windows and navigate to the Internet Explorer.
  • Click on the Settings icon that is available on the top-right corner of the screen. 
  • Select the Manage Add-ons option from the settings and view all the toolbars and extensions.
  • Remove all the unwanted toolbars and extensions that are related to Hard Drive Safety Delete Scam by clicking the Disable option beside them
  • If you find difficulties in removing the Scam, it is suggested to reset your browser settings to default.
  • To enable this option, navigate to the SettingsInternet OptionsAdvanced options
  • Click on the Reset button. 
  • It will open a confirmation tab for verification.
  • Select the Delete Personal Settings option and click Reset.
  • Now, close the browser window and restart your computer.

You can contact our technical experts if you have no idea about how to remove external hard drive viruses.