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Panda USB Vaccine with NTFS Support

June 18th, 2009

First off many thanks to the hundreds of thousands of users who have downloaded, used and given us feedback on Panda USB Vaccine. Not only is it allowing us to improve this free utility for the community, it also helps protect users a little better from spreading malware infections.

Finally Panda USB Vaccine is out of beta and version is here. Some of the most notable improvements are the following:

  • Support for vaccinating NTFS drives. This uses a completely different technique than the vaccination of FAT/FAT32 drives.
  • Executing USBVaccine.exe launches an installer which allows you to configure whether you want USBVaccine to start automatically with Windows.
  • Configuration option during setup to hide the tray icon.
  • Configuration option during setup to automatically vaccinate any new USB drives inserted into the PC.
  • Fixed bug on PC shutdown when USBVaccine was running in the background (Vista).
  • Other bug fixes reported by users on certain types of USB drives.

Some screenshots of the new Panda USB Vaccine:


As always you can get it directly from download.com:

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  1. http://
    September 13th, 2009 at 13:28 | #1

    this software is really good.
    Also i will want to know if does have updates.
    How is it done, and manually or automatically?
    Thank you.

  2. http://
    September 13th, 2009 at 18:52 | #2

    @Joe, thanks for your comments. Unfortunately even if we put some text inside the vaccinated autorun.inf saying it is from Panda, you will not be able to read it as you will not be able to open it.

    @Cecil & @Daniel, it does not update automatically as it doesn’t really need updates. Check or subscribe to our blog for any new versions that may be released in the future.

    @chas, if your drive is FAT look at some comment above or search around for how to remove vaccination using WinHex. If its NTFS, there’s no way to remove it other than with a format.

    @Dan, there’s no point in having an icon defined in the vaccinated autorun.inf file as Windows cannot read it (and therefore cannot show the icon).

  3. http://
    September 17th, 2009 at 05:37 | #3

    Thank you. I LOVE PANDA !!! Make please more free utilites :)

  4. http://
    September 18th, 2009 at 03:42 | #4

    Thank You For Anti inf for usb


  5. http://
    September 23rd, 2009 at 09:17 | #5

    Could you set the dummy autorun.inf file’s size to 0 bytes, to make seen, that it is empty?

  6. http://
    September 28th, 2009 at 09:52 | #6

    Hi guys! It’s a good vaccination, however, if you want to erase autorun.inf file, use any LiveCD with Linux, I’ve used LinuxMint and I was able to erase it using root login. But, better keep it!

  7. http://
    October 5th, 2009 at 10:58 | #7

    i got the same problem as jose luis. On installation, i get the message,

    “unable to execute file:

    CreateProcess failed; code 2.
    The system cannot find the file specified.”

    I opened a commandline window and typed ‘schtasks’ and i got the following message,

    “‘schtasks’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.”

    How will this affect the function of Panda USB Vaccine?

  8. Pedro Bustamante
    October 5th, 2009 at 11:40 | #8

    @winston, until you can fix the scheduler you can run it manually in the meatime. Simply execute %Program Files%\Panda USB Vaccine\USBVaccine.exe manually to vaccinate each USB drive you insert into the PC.

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    October 7th, 2009 at 00:43 | #9

    i installed the Panda Vaccine several weeks ago and mistakenly vaccinnated my computer. Unfotunately my computer no longer recognizes my ipod classic, meaning I am unable to ad or remove songs from my ipod! it would have been nice to know this before I made such a large mistake.
    How do I corrct this problem?

  10. SpywareBlockers
    October 8th, 2009 at 00:32 | #10

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  11. Pedro Bustamante
    October 9th, 2009 at 14:09 | #11

    @Rod, simply install Panda USB Vaccine again and from the program remove the vaccination of your computer.

  12. Pedro Bustamante
    October 18th, 2009 at 04:05 | #12

    the download link leads to version Where we can download the latest version And Furthermore, Mr Pedro this one very nice… do you have standalone AV that give RT protection while plugged?

  13. Pedro Bustamante
    October 24th, 2009 at 03:51 | #13

    I can’t find the version. Anyone got a copy? Pls upload and share it with us..

  14. Pedro Bustamante
    October 24th, 2009 at 11:47 | #14

    @rahimhd, version is already available. Please check http://research.pandasecurity.com/archive/Panda-USB-Vaccine-_2D00_-Version-
    You might want to subscribe to the blog’s RSS to get notified of new version releases.

  15. Dislucky
    December 3rd, 2009 at 05:43 | #15

    It works fine, but today my antivirus program (Avast) informs:
    C:\Program Files\Panda USB Vaccine\USBVaccine.exe — Trojan Win32:Delf-MZG [Trj]

    I have sent to Avast message about false reaction.

  16. December 3rd, 2009 at 13:04 | #16


    Your USB will get infected if you connected to an infected machine, but they WILL NOT infect anything nor the virus will run. The virus copies itselft to the USB but the INF file WONT change since it is protected.

  17. pritam mitra
    December 9th, 2009 at 14:50 | #17

    This is best for USB Drive.I like this.

  18. Luis Calderon
    December 14th, 2009 at 16:44 | #18

    This is a radical approach. I have formated my USB drives and they still contain the infection going around. It launches a DOS exe that practically renders all current protection useless. That includes Norton IS 2009, Avast!, AVG, and Windows Defender. It will not let any new antivirus from being installed nor run any pre-installed scanners from executing such as Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. I will try this and report. Thanks.

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