Written by Pavan Kumar on January 20, 2009
Recycler is the virus which spreads through USB flash drive / pen drive and is found in most of the computers and portable drives. Here is a short note on how to remove the recycler virus or BV:Autorun-G[Wrm]. Autorun virus of this kind will be identified by avast antivirus, but it fails to remove the antivirus. In this case you know how to deactivate recycler virus. Here are few steps you can follow in order to obtain the solution for this virus.
Here are few steps you can try out, though I could not get that virus to deal with again, here is what one can generalize the steps which you may use to disable any virus.
First, once you plug in your pen drive and double click it, the recycler.exe starts running in your system. First stop it running – Open task manager (Alt Ctrl Del or Ctrl Shift Esc), click on Applications tab, and you will be able to see all running processes at the current time. Among these, a few are running under the name of the administrator / user of the computer. Now, if you find any recycler.exe running under user name, right click on that and end process.You can read about virus solution with task manager.
Now, on the explorer (say My Documents), click on Tools > Folder Options > View, now make it to show hidden files and also OS files.
Now, right click on USB drive icon in My Computer and click Explore.
Here you can notice the autorun.inf file (mostly you will not see the file extension, no problem). Also, you will find recycler.exe. Delete both of them.
Get back to My Computer and rename the USB drive.
BV:Autorun-G[Wrm] is a strange virus and following the above procedure will not kill that. The virus will reform itself and still be seen on the Flash drives.
Few antivirus softwares like Kaspersky and Nod32 are said to remove the recycler virus completely. Though Kaspersky removes the recycler.exe, you need to follow the above steps in order to remove the autorun property of pen drive.
You may also try with Autorun Eater. Autorun Eater removes all suspecious autorun.inf files automatically. It is a popular program which may be of help here. If you find this procedure as a tough one for you, you can try disabling BV:Autorun-G[Wrm], but with this way, you will be able to deactivate the effect of this virus.
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