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Thread: USB has renamed itself (Virus?)

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2011

    USB has renamed itself (Virus?)


    My USB key has renamed herself suddenly with the name"
    I wonder the cause that could cause this renaming without my knowledge.
    Is it a virus?

    How to fix this?

    Thank you.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: USB has renamed itself (Virus?)

    Do you use it on a windows box? That sort of thing shouldn't randomly happen. You would have to rename it manually.

    As for changing the label back, it depends on what file system is on that drive.

    e2label works for ext2/3/4 drives. Not sure about NTFS drives tho.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Manchester, UK

    Re: USB has renamed itself (Virus?)

    I don't know about renaming it, but Charles is right, if you used a Windows box, it's possible it might be infected... So let's scan it. Ubuntu comes pre-installed with an antivirus program called clamscan. It is a command-line scanner, use:
    clamscan -R <location>
    in the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T). So if your usb stick is named /media/usb1 put that instead of "location". You can check it's name by opening up nautilus and hovering over it (nautilus is the second icon at the side, called home).

    Alternatively, you can use a graphical program. Open up "Ubuntu Software Center" search for "virus" and click install. Enter your password when it asks you.

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