Once before, I’ve encountered a virus that transfers the entire contents of the usb removable disk to a folder with a blank filename, and then creates a self-running link in the root directory that copies the virus to the hard disk, so that it propogates itself to any new removable disk that is connected. But this was a new breed that made the removable usb drive read-only, so much so that most except the most hard core linux utilities would fail to fix it. A friend had handed the disk over to me, requesting me to see if my “linux PC can fix it”.
The command which fixed the write protect status was:
sudo blockdev --setrw /dev/sdc1
This allowed me to remount it as read-write:
sudo mount -o rw,remount /dev/sdc1 /home/joel/usb
so that I could finally run clamscan and fix it:
clamscan --remove /home/joel/usb
To rename the folder with a blank space as name, I simply used:
mv '/home/joel/usb/ ' /home/joel/usb/ab
Joel G Mathew, known in tech circles by the pseudonym Droidzone, is an opensource and programming enthusiast.
His favorite pastime is grappling with GNU compilers, discovering newer Linux secrets, writing scripts, hacking roms, and programs (nothing illegal), reading, blogging. and testing out the latest gadgets.
When away from the tech world, Dr Joel G. Mathew is a practising ENT Surgeon, busy with surgeries and clinical practise.