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Memory stick not working.

Q: Memory stick not working.

Dear Members,

I went to Finland, Helsinki during the Christmas break and purchased a mobile broadband Pay As You Go Dongle from a local department store. I could not make it work while I was staying in Helsinki and I do not understand why.

Here are the details of my computer OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Media Center Edition, Version 2002 Service Pack 3.

Here are the requirements of the dongle: Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP2 or Vista. Screen: 800x600 and USB 2.0.

I thought that I was ok when I looked at them before I purchased the dongle. I tested the dongle in the shop using their computer and the dongle worked fine. But the mobile broadband Pay As You Go dongle does not work with my computer and I do not know why.

Can someone help me please. Thank you.

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What can I try?


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A:USB Memory Stick not working

A USB pen-drive, if working properly, should register with Windows almost instantaneously with no discernable delay in response. The fact that yours is taking a while to respond is a sure sign that it's faulty and needs replacing. It's mainly for this reason that you should never use a pen-drive for backup purposes - they are too volatile & unreliable.
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any help please

im unsure of the make as there are no markings just 8gb.

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A:USB memory stick not working correctly

1. insert the flash drive into usb port
2. right click on "My Computer" > Manage - The Computer Management window popsup.
3. Select Disk Management
4. Locate your Flash Drive at the bottom where it starts with "Disk 0" which is your Hard Drive.
5. Your Flash Drive should say something like "Disk 1, removable", to the right it should have a blue line which means it's a primary partition.
6. If it has a Black line, then it means that the Flash Drive has not been partitioned. To fix this do this:
7. Right click on the black line. It should give you an option to partion it.
8. Go ahead and partition it to FAT or NTFS which ever option you can get or want.
9. Once it is finished, then you will be able to read and write from the Flash Drive.

Let me know if it does not work or if you are having problems.
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A:Memory Pen/Stick Stopped Working Only On One PC

It sounds to me that the computer you used to format the USB stick has malfunctioned. I suggest you use another computer to put the USB stick right. When you have done that see if it works again in the malfunctioning computer. If it fails go to computer management and then Device manager and try and update all the USB controllers.
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Hi and welcome. As with anything else, sometimes they go bad. Check to see if it's still under warranty.
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A lot of them quit just because they have been dropped more than 12 inches.
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Try method two in this tutorial:
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Simplest method:

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Short answer is Yes. An SD card is very similar to a flash drive as far as the technology goes and can be used like an SD card for storing files. I would format it Fat32. And you can download (Copy) the files from the card at any time.
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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.66GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3069 Mb
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A:Memory on a Stick

Is each stick always recognized as the same drive, like the "f" is always "f" even if it is the only stick plugged in?

Might want to look at this:

You can name your sticks for ease of use.
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A:USB Memory stick not seen

Create a file with NOTEPAD containing the following lines and save it as FIX.REG
-------------------------- Use text after this line --------------------------------

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment]

-------------------------- Use text before this line --------------------------------

Double click on FIX.REG and say yes to the Merge Into Registry question.

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If you have a yellow ? with unknown devices, uninstall all of the entries there as well.

When this is done, reboot TWICE.

Reconnect the USB devices and see if they're recognized properly.

NOTE: If you have a USB keyboard and/or mouse, you'll have to modify the instructions and leave enough parts for those to function. I don't have one yet, so I haven't had time to modify the instructions.
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A:Memory stick

Don't mix memory types. Remove the old memory sticks and use only the new memory
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hi geordief

it might take a while depending on the size of your hard drive but this should work also try spybot search and destroy in google that should also be able to help.
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Try reinstalling the USB drivers or your motherboard chipset drivers.
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A:USB memory stick

Not sure about Windows defender , but most downloads give you a choice to save or run. Many times, I have saved to a cd and burned it for friends who have a slow connection.
I think your idea should work.
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A:Memory stick

What's contained in the error message may help.
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A:Memory stick

Hi helenb102,

Welcome to TSG!

According to when I searched for usb flash drive, a USB flash drive and USB pen drive are one and the same:
Known By Many Names

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I already knew that, but wondered if indeed there actually was some difference - so, none!

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Ok, did some googling.
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Barjay, welcome to TSF.

Insert your memory stick into an empty USB port.

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A:Sandisk Memory Stick Pro Duo Help

i thinks it normal for the actual capacity to differ from what the manufacturer says it is, its got something to do with the way they calculate the space. BUT
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hey guys,

i recently pluggd my memory stick into a laptop running ubuntu (friends computer). When i got home (i have windows) i get an I/O device error. I tried reformatting my drive through windows explorer as well DOS prompt. But, I get an error message saying that Windows was unable to format the device.

I can read from it, i cant write to it or format it

help asap ,

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Help please.
I have a trojan named:-
XCRACK\xKCARC\autorunme.exe on my memory stick.
Symantic Antivirus has quarantined it.
I would like to know if there is a way of removing it.
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Every time I plug my memory stick in anyone of my computers it turns everything into shortcuts and puts a video file named "x" this file does not run of actually play any video. I need to send a project to a teacher on this memory stick and I need this fixed. I have tried formating and also tried virus scanning neither have helped. I am not sure weather it is a sophisticated virus or just some error on my computers. Also recently I believe that I may have been infected by a RAT program. Well actually I'm sure of it. My computer started playing music and started speaking to me. I have virus scanned and to no avail. I am using Bullguard and well Im starting to doubt the effiency of this program.
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I can't open my memory stick. My operating system is Window XP
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I'm running WinXP and have recently had problems getting my 2GB memory stick to appear in My Computer. The stick is fine--works well with another computer and used to work fine with this one. The problem seems to have surfaced since I bought a WD My Book external hard drive, which now takes up the "E" Drive designation the memory stick used to open on. When I plug in the memory stick, the chimes sound as if recognised and the LCD on the stick flashes a couple times, but there's no drive listed for it on my computer.

Does anyone have the answer out there?


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I want to transfer some files from my old machine (XP) to my new one (Vista) using a brand new 1GB memory stick but I cant find where to locate it after I plug it in. I have no trouble finding it in XP in 'My Computer' but I don't see it anywhere in vista. I do hear a little bleep when I plug it in though. Would appreciate any guidance here.

A:Using A Memory Stick With Vista

hi,,, if you dont get the auto play window, click on start then computer it should be in there,,, btw when you first pluged the flash drive in, did it go through the found new hardware procedure. To set auto play click on start orb then control pannel, then click on auto play, then put a check in the ( use auto play for all media devices ) then set all the devices to ( ask me every time ) and click save at the bottom of the window. Then when you plug anything in or put any media in the disc drive the auto play window will open with a set of options for you to choose from like view files etc,,,
good luck.
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Hello! I have a 16GB USB Memory Stick. It has been infected with some kind of virus that changed all my files in shortcuts and hid some other files. This way, it appeared like the device was fully occupied. I formatted it, but now i only have around 15 GB. Is it possible that the virus still remained? How can i know for sure?
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I have two PC's one a Dell with "Dell XP Pro" installed and a Compaq witth "Compaq XP Pro instaled", and I have two memory sticks, (1gb and 4gb).

On the Dell I can see both sticks, pon the Compaq I can see neither and if I try and boot the Compaq with the 1GB stick in it won't let me.

Any one any ideas.

Ian Wallace

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Due to some issues, I had to reformat my hard drive and reinstall Windows 2000. I had a USB hub plugged into my pc with a memory stick in one of the slots. I had some files copied/backed up on the memory stick. Now when I try to retrieve the files using Windows Explorer, Explorer is acting like my files are gone and it says the stick needs to be formatted. I also tried retrieving the files by plugging the stick into my laptop and I got the same results. I'm afraid that somehow the files got wiped out while I was formatting and reinstalling Windows, but I don't know how it would have happened. Has anyone else ever experienced this or can someone offer me some suggestions.

Tom Woodworth
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Hi all,

My friend has a memory stick. Recently he made the mistake of removing it manually from his computer without the proper procedure, and now every time he attempts to use it on any computer, it reads 'Write Protected' and won't show him the contents of the stick, and also it reads the stick as having a generic name rather than the customized name he gave it. In short, he's now locked out of his own memory stick. Is there any way he can override this Write Protection and use his memory stick again?

Thanks in advance.
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I have Windows 98SE and I have reformatted my hard drive. When I insert my 256mb Memory Stick, it won't recognise it. I don't have any software with this and it worked ok previously. It has a lot of important information that I can't afford to lose. Hope someone there can help me


A:Problem with memory stick

That memory stick probably just needs its driver reinstalled.
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i have a 256g memory stick that windows cant format. it gets a quarter of the way through then stops saying it cant format it. it then disconnects from the computer. ive tried chip genius to find out info of the stick and get the following
vid = 048D
pid = 1234
vendor = general
name = udisk
revision = 0100
any help appreciated
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My memory stick has been working fine for a while, just a cheap 2GB Pen drive. Recently I swapped OS from Vista Home Basic to XP Pro. I did a full format beforehand of the partition and now Ive plugged in the memory stick I get the message, "The disk in drive D is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" I then tell it to format and it says it cannot be formatted?

Ive also noticed that the DVD drive used to be D: and Flash drives used to be E: and theyve swapped round.

And help?

A:Memory Stick Formatting?

Have you tried formatting through Disk Management? (Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management->Disk Management->right click drive and format)
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When I go to use the media manager Memory Stick reader on my desktop I can only put the Memory Stick in once. When I attempt to put the memory stick in a second time or a different card the cpu will not read it, the cpu with do nothing no response. Could anyone help me out there?
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if i put some karaoke tracks onto a memory stick, will they play on another laptop if it is a different karaoke prog. thanks.

A:karaoke on memory stick

That would possibly be down to the file type that the different programs can handle, look at the file and see what is on the end of the file name for files that play in each program, if the same then they should play in either program.

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I recently bought a usb memory stick, and had to return it because it did not work on either of my computers. In a few days I exchanged it for the same type of stick, and tested it at the store. it worked, but when i took it home it didn't work. then i returned it and bought a totally different one. when i got home it worked on the computer, and another computer, but then it stopped working. I would like to know what is wrong and how to fix it.

A:memory stick troubleshooting

read the sticky. It will answer your question.
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Please help, my PC does not detect my USB memory stick when I plug it into the USB port. I have tried both ports and nothing happens.

It was working fine last week and I have tried the USB memory stick on my laptop and its working fine there so I know the memory stick isn't corrupt!

How do I fix this problem?? HELP!!!

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Ok I m starting to lose the will to live here I m trying USB Memory not show stick will to connect my sony ericcson K i to my pc and everything is working fine apart from the one thing that should be working without any issues the SE memory stick duo Having used copious amounts of memory stick hardware USB Memory stick will not show in USB Memory stick will not show the past I know there was not an issue with my o s config and that it recognised OEM plug and play devices and installed without problem However now it will not install any new USB Mass storage devices whatsoever If they had been previously installed then they are identified and will work When the Hardware Wizard does it s thing it recognises that it s a Sony Erics Memory Stick but continually returns a message saying that it cannot be installed as the software cannot be found The memory stick itself does not require additional driver software and should be recognised as a removable storage device I ve been through various posts and have completed the following gt Installed patch in registry to prevent USB hibernation gt Checked key HKEY LOCAL MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Services UsbStor to make sure USB storage devices are permitted set to gt Done a complete clean install of all USB devices gt Switched PC off and unplugged to allow residual current to escape from motherboard gt Updated usbstor inf gt System restored I don t know what else to do Personal opinion is that I must have a corrupt file somewhere which is impacting the Wizard s ability to associate the correct software to the memory stick I believe this because the wizard knows it s a memory stick but never finds any corresponding software Also whenever I try to update ANY driver for existing pre-installed devices it never finds software I would normally expect it to say that the driver used is most up to date Any suggestions O S XP SP nbsp
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Dear Sir,
Thanks for reading my mail.
I have this USB stick for a while and has been working all along.
On one occasion when I try to access to it, a dialogue box opened up and prompt me to 'format' my memory stick.
I clicked 'No" and another box appeared saying 'the volume does not contain recognized system".
I don't understand why the USB port failed to read my memory stick, could there be a virus or the driver is missing or corrupted?
There are files and movie clips stored and I sincerely hope you can help me out?
Thanks for your precious time and hope to hear from you.
Have a nice day at work.

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I have a 1g Kensington Memory stick I use to transfer music files from my boyfriend's mac laptop to my desktop pc which every other day has worked fine but today I tried to transfer about 4 folders all about 60mb each and at first it would say it only had room for 1 folder at a time but after about two times of transfering the files one at a time now says there is no room for any of these files....

Any help is appreciated, Thanks!

A:Memory Stick not responding

when you go to "my computer" and view the memory stick, does it show that the memory is full?
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Hello, maybe somebidy can help.
I just installed Norton 360 on my pc. When I inserted my memory stick the pc turns off. I repeated it with a differnt memory stick, the same result. Any idea what I have to do to resolve this problem?
Thank you
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sorry for my post...i mean thumb drive....brand name was kingston....when i plug it to my computer was recognise that thumb drive...but when i click the properties and check the disk space there was 0 byte use and 0 byte free space....and aslo i can format that drive...i also try disk drive manager and it also can't what should i do

A:kingston memory stick

I of course do not mean to sound rude by any stretch of the imagination but given the number of views without a response to a possibly easy problem to fix, I think members are confused about your question. By memory stick do you mean thumbdrive or RAM? If it's a thumbdrive and your computer recognizes it, what's causing you to not access it (an error message, etc). What do you mean the virus scan and file system was gone? Is there any way you can give a more concise version of what's happening?
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Dont no if anyone can help. I have a 4gig memory stick (well did have) that when i plug it in, all it says in properties is that the size of the memory is 0 bytes, used 0 bytes, free 0 bytes. I've tried to format it, but i get a message to insert disk I really haven't got a clue whats going on. Im running XP home, it worked fine for about two weeks, then this. Any advice would be great.

A:usb stick memory lost

USB flash drives are high failure items. Did you see if the manufacture has a web site. If the manufacturer is known, they will have USB flash drive setup tools.
If not, try some of the biggies like San Disk, Corsair, Kingston, Memorex setup or reformat drives.
Also, try formatting the drive in another computer.
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I have 2x256MB memory sticks installed and want to add 2X512MB memory sticks. I have 4 slots to place them in and want to know in what order they should be placed. The 512MB sticks are not dual channel compatible.

A:RAM memory stick configuration

Just put them in the empty slots. The order makes no difference with all the slots filled.
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I really need some help Just recently I bought an MP player an MPIO to be exact I installed it following the directions and so far everything has been going great except for one thing When I insert my memory stick for my camera into the USB plug-in nothing happens Usually the Windows I have XP Scanner and Camera Wizard pops up asking me what I want to do and it has the Copy pictures option Well ever since I installed my MP player nothing has happened when I insert the memory stick Even when I hook my camera up using a I my stick! memory ruined I think might've USB cable nothing happens With the memory stick I insert it the light flashes stop flashes for about one second again and then stops I think I might've ruined my memory stick! completely When I put it in the camera I think I might've ruined my memory stick! all my pictures show perfectly I went to my Control Panel and it says all the plug-ins are working fine Does anyone have any ideas on what might be going on Any help is much appreciated This is very urgent because I am taking a photography course and without my camera memory stick working well you know the rest nbsp

A:I think I might've ruined my memory stick!

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

When you install a usb device it needs to use the same usb port that it was installed on.

Intall each usb device to a different usb port. Then always use that usb port for that particular device.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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I have an IBM Thinkpad 380D that came with built-in 16mb RAM, and an additional 16mb stick had been added. It runs Win98SE.

I recently purchased a 64mb stick (SODIMM EDO, although it doesn't specifically say "EDO" on it). I removed the 16 and installed the 64, but on bootup, the boot screen only shows "16000KB OK", and the machine is drastically slower than before. (Previously, the boot screen showed "31824KB OK".) Clearly, the 64mb stick isn't being recognized.

Is there something else I should have done in installing the new stick? Or is there something I need to do after installing to get it recognized? How can I determine whether the new stick actually is EDO?

Any help will be appreciated, and I thank you in advance.

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I have a Sony mb memory stick I used to just stick it into the USB connection in any computer and it would open up automatically Now when I put it into a computer the computer sais that it found new hardware and that it is ready to use and a little icon to safely remove the hardware comes up and the green light on the memory stick is even blinking However it does not open up on its own and when i go to my computer to open it up theres only one possible thing that it could be and My used stick work... to memory it sais removable disk E When I click on this My memory stick used to work... one it asks me to insert a disk into drive E or something about how it isnt valid When i look at the information for the driver it tells me that everything is working fine is my memory stick just no good anymore or am i doing something wrong nbsp

A:My memory stick used to work...

go to
settings/control panel /computer management/
removeable drives see if it is there or under hard drive management
whereever it is try to reformat
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So I loaned a buddy of mine my memory stick, and he gives it back to me in a right old state. All my stuff is still there (I think) but whenever I double click to open in Win Explorer, it says "Access is denied." That, and coupled with the fact that it wants to autorun a program I didn't install when I insert it, and none of it happened when I plugged it into a Mac screams "virus" at me. However, I haven't the faintest idea what to do next.

Thanks in advance for any help. :)

P.S I'm running XP Home SP2 NOT SP3 as it says in my avatar, my old PC died a death back in January.

A:Memory stick with a virus

I just scanned it with Avast! 4.2, latest VDB, nothing. :(
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i got a sony walkman phone that came with a tiny mb card and the quot M adaptor quot stick soon after i decided to buy a camera http www sonystyle com webapp wcs now i went to a store and ask them if the M adapter will fit they said quot no you need a memory stick quot then i ask them if my M s a memory stick they went quot no you need another type of memory stick quot and points at a package of the same tiny mb card i had but instead includes a much smaller looking adapter than my M in the package so this memory fits? stick will then i ask them if getting that will will this memory stick fits? solve everything and they said quot no you also need to get a memory stick duo quad triple double adapter quot afterwards i thought my mind exploded so i was just wondering if i can slap the thing in the photo in the cybershot camera thanks nbsp
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Hi, i've got a memory stick which i frequently use. I noticed soon after I started using it an autorun file had appeared, which I thought nothing of. Last week my teacher used my memory stick to get some of my coursework off it, and gave it back to me but said I had a trojan on there. When i got home I used anti virus software, but found nothing. I just wondered what this autorun file was and if it's this which could be setting off my teachers firewall or antivirus to detect a trojan. I tried deleting the autorun file, everything was fine, and worked properly, but it came back. Any ideas?? Thanks

A:Memory stick trojan

An infected .ini?
I wouldn't worry about it.

There is a website out there that you can upload files to to scan for virri.
I forget what it is called, but it uses like 10-15 different scanners to scan your files.
It's great for false-positives.
Oh ya, I think...give it a shot.

You can always open up the autorun in notepad and see if it isnt pointing to something naughty
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My computer has been acting weirdly and I've noticed a software Stick Memory Usb Pls Infection - Help running on my system while checking the registry I've found the subkey HKEY LOCAL MACHINE SOFTWARE knight settingsdrive quot quot which is attributed to worm knight But could not discover any other keys that may be caused by the worm After some research I've tried to find autorun inf knight exe files both in my c Usb Memory Stick Infection - Help Pls drive the only partition and usb memory stick The only suspicious file that I could identify was autorun inf in C Program Files Nero Nero Core SecurDisc I don't know if this is malware or a legitimate file I've run flash disinfector and panda active scan I've also done several other scans kaspersky ad-aware spybot s amp d running in safe mode They have not detected any threat either I've then removed the offending key in the registry but it reappeared with the next boot My computer's general condition is that I constantly keep losing internet connection it runs too slowly the screen is frequently stalling Some regular programs fail to launch at start-up and it takes quite a long time for my system to load Altough no update is being performed Kaspersky's proactive defense gives alerts about my system files like svchost exe iexplore exe keyboardmanager exe etc being changed The firewall also gives alerts about outbound udp connections attempted by svchost exe or explorer exe on different ports that they did not use to I really need an expert's advice in removing this stubborn usb drive virus Any help would be appreciated Thanx in advance Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v Scan saved at on Platform Windows XP SP WinNT MSIE Internet Explorer v Boot mode NormalRunning processes C WINDOWS System smss exeC WINDOWS system winlogon exeC WINDOWS system services exeC WINDOWS system lsass exeC WINDOWS system svchost exeC WINDOWS System svchost exeC Program Files Intel Wireless Bin EvtEng exeC Program Files Intel Wireless Bin S EvMon exeC Program Files Intel Wireless Bin ZcfgSvc exeC WINDOWS system spoolsv exeC PROGRA Intel Wireless Bin XConfig exeC WINDOWS Explorer EXEC Program Files Lavasoft Ad-Aware aawservice exeC Program Files Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Internet Security avp exeC Program Files Intel Wireless Bin OProtSvc exeC Program Files Intel Wireless Bin RegSrvc exeC Program Files CyberLink Shared files RichVideo exeC Program Files Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Internet Security avp exeC Program Files Intel Wireless Bin EOUWiz exeC WINDOWS system hkcmd exeC WINDOWS system igfxtray exeC Program Files Intel Wireless Bin ifrmewrk exeC Program Files Keyboard Manager Manager Utility KeyboardManager exeC WINDOWS RTHDCPL EXEC WINDOWS sm hlpr exeC Program Files Java jre bin jusched exeC Program Files Synaptics SynTP SynTPEnh exeC Program Files Synaptics SynTP SynTPLpr exeC Program Files Microsoft Office Office GrooveMonitor exeC Program Files MSN Messenger MsnMsgr ExeC WINDOWS system ctfmon exeC Program Files Google GoogleToolbarNotifier GoogleToolbarNotifier exeC Program Files Common Files Microsoft Shared Windows Live WLLoginProxy exeC Program Files Internet Explorer iexplore exeC Program Files Internet Explorer iexplore exeC Program Files Qootie qootie exeR - HKCU Software Microsoft Internet Explorer Default Download DirectoryR - HKCU Software Microsoft Internet Explorer Main Local Page R - HKCU Software Microsoft Internet Connection Wizard ShellNext http windowsupdate microsoft com R - HKCU Software Microsoft Internet Explorer Toolbar LinksFolderName Ba lant larO - BHO Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - E F-C D - D -B D- B D BE B - C Program Files Common Files Adobe Acrobat ActiveX AcroIEHelper dllO - BHO Spybot-S amp D IE Protection - - F - D - - D F - C PROGRA SPYBOT SDHelper dllO - BHO Groove GFS Browser Helper - - C - D -B F - BBC D A E - C PROGRA MICROS Office GRA E DLLO - BHO SSVHelper Class - BB-D F - C-B EB-D DAF D D - C Program Files Java jre bin ssv dllO - BHO Windows Live Sign-in Helper - ... Read more

A:Usb Memory Stick Infection - Help Pls

Hi pigunt,

If you still need help please post a fresh HijackThis log and I'll be happy to look at it for you.

Thanks for your patience.

P.S. Please copy/paste the log into this thread using the Add Reply button.
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My friend has purchased a 32GB Memory stick. We have stored a file on the device and confirmed that it is there but when we remove the stick and re-insert it we get "this folder is empty" but if we look at the memory it shows that an amount of memory equivalent to the size of the file has been used. What are we doing wrong please?

A:Memory stick storage

(I'm assuming that the 'memory stick' is not write-protected, because the available space was decreased after "the event")

Alright, I think I might've got the answer. But by 'memory stick' I presume that you mean either a USB-based flashdrive/thumbdrive, or a memory card like a Compact Flash card or a SD-card.

Because: my explanation will alter drastically if you mean that you actually tried storing a non-volatile piece of software on a volatile piece of hardware like a DDR RAM memory stick via 'pin modulation' etc.

Three explanations then, I'm assuming that you are using Windows. The explanation will be the same for most Macintosh and most Linux OS's (but not all).
"1." if you meant USB-drive instead of memory stick.
"2." if you meant memory card instead of memory stick.
"3." if you meant 'memory stick' as in RAM, Then my hat is off to you, sir.


1. You inserted a USB-drive, stored a file on it, removed it. Now the file is gone, but the space is occupied. How come?

Easy explanation:
Are you familiar with "Safely Remove Hardware"?

IF NOT: When you remove a USB-drive from the computer, you must (oftenmost) perform a 'Safe Removal'. If you look downright on your system tray when a USB-drive is inserted, you'll see a green arrow thingy called 'Safe Hardware Removal' or something like that. You will have to choose your USB-drive from a dropdown list when right-clicking this icon, in order to insure that your data stays on the disk when you remove it. A message will then pop up saying "It is now safe to remove your drive".

Take a look at this!

Are you sure you performed it? If you did, keep me posted!

More advanced explanation:
You see, when You wrote a file onto the memory, the cells inside the memory were charged in accordance with the data which you stored on the device. But keep in mind that the "name" of the file (more like the 'identity' of the file) is stored in a completely different way (in a volatile, non-permanent way) in order to enable a "possible" write of multiple files onto the device.

IF the device is removed without performing this "Safe Removal", then the data will stay intact, but the file's ID will end up as de-charged anti-neutrinos somewhere on the other side of cosmos. In other words: the PC will be un-able to identify the file, even though the data is there, and even though the data is occupying the total storage available.

You have now created something simply (and inaccurately) referred to as "Mémoire mort". Un-usable storage space, until reanimated using third-party software. Your file is there, but un-identifiable.


2. You inserted a memory card, stored a file on it, removed it. Now the file is gone, but the space is occupied. How come?

If you used an older OS like XP, this is something that happens from time to time as XP was not really designed with memory cards in mind (was it a kernel not being open enough? Never mind...).

If you simply removed the memory card as expected, but still cannot see the file, then you have not only lost the file's identity, but also the entire file.

Look at the advanced explanation on "1." -- but now instead of just the ID being stored in a completely different way, the entire file is stored in a volatile state. Without the 'Safe Removal' (which lacked serious support in XP for memory cards), the entire file is not written onto the memory chip/card. It also dissipates into anti-neutrinos unless I'm mistaken. BUT: the storage space which the file was used to 'inhabit', was 'reserved' for the file, and thus it was awaiting the file which didn't came = "Mé... Read more
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I have an E-Machine that run XP The other day it did not want to Not Memory XP Recognizing Stick recognize the camera memory stick that can be plugged into the front of the machine XP Not Recognizing Memory Stick For the past months I have been just removing the stick when I write something on it without going to the place where it says you can safely remove the stick I was not aware of the menu pick When I learned of the menu pick that says I can safely remove the stick I used it but then the computer would not acknowledge the stick when I plugged it back in unless I rebooted the machine Yesterday when I plugged the stick in I got a message that the computer could not recognize what was plugged in The stick is ok because it works in another computer we have I have several memory sticks and none works in this machine If I insert the stick and do a Microsoft symbol ane the E the window opens that shows the disk drives DVD drive etc But the memory stick G no longer shows up I no longer get the message that the computer cannot recognize that something is plugged in The computer is now totally oblivious of any memory stick If anyone has any ideas what I can do to correct this please fire away Thanks in advance

A:XP Not Recognizing Memory Stick

Well, well. The memory stick worked when I first booted the computer this morning. But it is ignoring it as I type this entry. I went the 'safely remove hardware route when I removed it after writing a file to it. Strange....
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My HP pavilion wants to format any memory stick I plug into its USB port if I try formatting I get Formatting error cannot format.
The memory stick/cards work ok in other PC's
This problem has just happened today.

A:Memory stick errors

Have you returned the memory stick to another computer and seen it work since the problem presented on the HP?
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Help I was viewing pictures that I took yesterday of my son s school Memory erased? stick HELP! baseball team taking rd HELP! Memory stick erased? place in the state finals I have a Sony Mavica camera that uses a memory stick I was reading the images off the stick through a floppy disk adaptor It was moving really slow and showing quot not responding quot I ejected the disk and popped it back in to see if this would get it going It didn t help much so I took the stick out and put back in my camera It now shows quot no file quot but it also shows that there is no memory space because I had filled the stick with pictures My year old had pictures taken with the three players that he really likes and couldn t wait to show his friends One of them even had him holding the homerun ball that his favorite player hit Can I get the pictures back Please anyone HELP THE PICTURES WERE ON THE STICK I DID GET THEM TO LOAD ON MY SCREEN FOR VIEWING BUT I WASN T GETTING THE INDIVIDUAL PICS TO COME UP AND THAT IS WHY I EJECTED THE DISK I DID NOT SAVE THEM TO MY COMPUTER BUT COULD I FIND THEM ON THE COMPUTER SOMEWHERE SINCE THEY WERE VIEWED nbsp

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So i m trying to put pictures from my computer onto a memory stick Kingston is the brand of the stick and my computer isn t allowing me to I plug the stick in and i get a little pop-up that says This device could perform faster if you connect it to a hi-speed usb port For a list of available ports click here So i ve tried all of the available ports and it doesn t change so i m thinking alright it doesn t need to perform fast just perform So i open my computer and click on the removable disk drive and it says please insert a disk into drive GAH So i ve tried a few other things to no avail -my computer gt device manager gt changed path or wtv so it s now drive U -i ve installed run the HP drive key boot utility -i ve rebooted my computer -i ve used the safely remove hardware to remove it then replugged nothing is working PLEASE HELP nbsp

A:My usb memory stick won't work

put the stick in - check if you can access from my computer.
If not try accessing from disk management (rightclick my computer > manage > storage . disk management )
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I inserted my wife's memory stick into my Laptop and AVG picked up numerous "backdoor" viruses on her images which I then attempted to remove. Now I am in serious trouble The 4GB stick shows 1,5GB free and 2,5GB used, but when opening the stick the file is empty. What is happening? Can I retrieve her images? Guys, please help....she is MAD with me.

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I have a problem with my memory stick. I was downloading some files off the web onto the stick, but it seems that one of the files was corrupted. Now when I try to save anything to the stick, or delete anything, it tells me it is write protected. I've checked that it isn't, and flicked the write protection switch on and off several times.

Tried to reformat the stick, no luck, told me it was write protected.

Figuring its the corrupt file doing this so have tried to remove it with file removal software - Killer - (which has worked with stubborn undeletable files for me before) and have had no luck.

Really want to get the stick working again. Any suggestions?

Its a 256 mb stcik I bought off of play if that helps.


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Win XP SP3

I have a USB memory stick which is used for daily incremental backups of data. I can read and write to it with no [apparent] problems, but when seeking to withdraw the stick I'm advised that 'the generic device cannot be stopped now: try again later'. Device Manager shows no problems with the device. I now withdraw the stick on computer close down with no apparent subsequent problem. Also, I'm not allowed to reformat the stick. Any advice gratefully received.

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I have 2GB memory stick pro(made in Japan) that I use for my camera. It was working find and I can see the picture but now when I put it the reader to open it. the driver says:

you need to format the disk in the drive

However, the picture are important and I don't want them to be deleted. Is there any other way?
Note: I have windows 7 ultimate