Remove Virus from USB Or Any Drive on Windows 10 Using CMD

Remove Virus Using CMD

To remove virus in Windows7/8/10, we will use an 'attrib' command.
Using this 'attrib' command, we will easily change the attributes{Characteristics} assigned to a file in Ur system/PC and thus recover our file from the virus.

What Attrib command stands for?

attrib command

'attrib' is a command, in DOS, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows. 
The function of attrib is to set & to remove file attributes in commands. 
These attributes are used by a wide variety of software programs to protect and classify files and also contains 3 various types as follow. 
  • Archive Attribute: - The archive attribute is used by various backup and file copy programs as a hint as to whether a file needs to be backed up. 
  • Hidden Attribute: - The hidden attribute makes affected files invisible in many programs, although a variety of software, especially software designed for listing, viewing, and searching files, allows hidden files to be made visible, often with a notation that they have been designated as hidden.
  • System Attribute: - The system attribute is used to designate certain operating system files and affects the operation of most software less than the other attributes.

Remove Virus Using CMD from USB/ any Drive on Windows 7/8/10[Steps]:

  • Run command prompt as an administrator, Type CMD in the run(Click Start menu), it will display a command prompt as below. 

  • Switch to the drive in which virus file you want to delete.
  •  type "attrib" and press enter. This command will list out all the files inside the current drive and you can clearly see your virus file listed below.
  • To remove Virus using CMD, type into your command prompt attrib -r -a -s -h *.* and press Enter. This will remove the Read Only, Archive, System and hidden file attribute from all the files.
    • R- is for removing the read-only files.
    • A- is for removing the archive file.
    • S- is for removing the system file.
    • H- is for removing the hidden file.
    • *.* for all the files with all different types of file extensions.
    • To remove other viruses with extensions such as ‘.ink’, ‘.exe’, just type Del *.ink or Del *.exe respectively to delete those suspicious files.

I hope this would have been informative for you. If you know some other tricks, let us know in the comments below.

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