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Re: Remooving U3 from USB drive.



Rick Stevens wrote:
Beartooth wrote:
On Sun, 26 Apr 2009 07:56:51 -0500, Aaron Konstam wrote:

A question which appeared on fedora-list recently was how to remove U#W
from a USB drive. I did not see a resolution until the following web
link:

http://www.u3.com/uninstall

    I've been trying to do that, and have a long thread going at

http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewforum.php?id=1

called "How to wipe thumbdrives??"


There is one post in that thread with a technique using dd; I haven't tried it yet, but probably will.

I have a couple of those buggers as well.  I think the dd you're
thinking of is something like:

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=1M count=2048

or something like that...the idea being to write zeros to the entire
drive, wiping out its partition table and all.

It does NOT work on the SanDisk Cruzers.  I ran the dd three times on
each, writing all 4GB of data to them (took forever!).  Fired up fdisk
and it reported a gparted-type partition table on them.  The partition
table should have been wiped out via the dd.

I then ran gparted itself.  It did NOT complain about a missing
partition table (it should have), but it did say there were no defined
partitions.  Whoopee.  Yeah, no partitions, but a gparted-style
partition table that can't be done away with.  Sheesh.

<snip>

If I could find non SanDisk Cruzer thumbdrives here, I'd never buy another.

I now buy nothing but PNY or Apacer thumbdrives.  If I'm in doubt and
if the package says that something's preloaded, I treat them like
toxic waste.

All I can say is that users should complain to the manufacturers and see about getting refunds. For a $20 drive it doesn't seem worth the effort. Enough complaints could be enough to get some success.

I have contacted Sandisk and said I won't purchase any products until I see a way to remove this virus without having Windows.

Note that the U3 site does ask for a reason for removing the software. I have complained a couple of times. There was even a thread on their forum about a Linux tool. That was a waste of time.

If you search, there are U3 key loggers and other nasties available.


--
Robin Laing


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