Conficker Can Damage MP3 Players Not Just USB Drives: AVG Antivirus Software Detects and Removes Conficker From My ZEN Stone MP3 Player

May 9, 2009 | By | 7 Replies More

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When I featured the post “What is Conficker and how to avoid it from infecting your computer?“, if you can recall, I have mentioned the preventive measures to avoid Conficker from infecting your PC and one of those is number 4 which reads, “Conficker can spread itself through removable drives like USB drives so be vigilant.”

Yes, this is so true. Now, how is this related to this post? Well, If you happen to own an MP3 player, an MP4, an iPod or whatever gadget you use that utilizes the USB cable, here’s the time to better think about its vulnerability to the Conficker worm because it can severely damage your player like what happened to mine.

First, let me tell you this. I have an MP3 player that I normally use as usual, play songs and transfer files from my PC to the device. Even before Conficker infected my PC (which of course is now Conficker-free based on this post, “How AVG Anti-Virus Software removed Conficker and saved my PC!“), I have had a problem with my MP3 player because it suddenly stopped working. It doesn’t recharge its battery, doesn’t play songs, its normal flickering light which is “yellow” when playing turned “red” which normally happens only for low-battery mode but the fact it became non-responsive worries me. Since my ZEN Stone MP3 Player is more than a year old, I assumed that it had been wornout so I didn’t bother fixing it anyway.

Until curiosity just came into me and tried to open the MP3 player again not because I was trying to make it work but hoping that I could recover all MP3 files that’s on the player. My curiosty paid off and was answered with facts. The Spybot Search and Destroy Spyware I use detected it as potentially harmful when opened and the AVG Anti-virus Software Free Edition I use detected it as a removable drive containing a malware which is definitely true.

My proof? I run the AVG Antivirus Software and guess what I’ve discovered? It has been infected with Conficker or Downadup alongside of which are Trojan horse Downloaders. See photo below showing AVG Antivirus Software detecting and removing Conficker from my ZEN Stone MP3 player.

AVG Antivirus software detects and removes Conficker from Zen Stone MP3 player

AVG Antivirus software detects and removes Conficker from Zen Stone MP3 player

You might want to ask what happened to my MP3 files on the device? It’s all gone corrupted. You can’t be thinking about backing-up the files first before running the scan. Why? You might want to avoid spreading Conficker worm in your system don’t you? The MP3 files are gone along with Conficker. Issue resolved. Wait, how about the lost files? Hmmm. Good question! Well, I wouldn’t be a geek if I haven’t recovered the files from the healed MP3, right? That’s for you to find out the next time you read this blog.

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  1. Angeline F.Ray says:

    I’ll definitely be coming back to your blog.This is just what I am after.

  2. Michael says:

    Exactly how did you recover the files because i have an external hardrive that might be infected and am affraid of losing my files. If you have posted it and i have missed it can you please direct me to which post it would be on.

  3. Mathdelane says:

    Hi Michael. Thanks for stopping by. I understand how you feel about loosing your files as I’ve been on the same situation. Here’s how I was able to recover my lost files->
    I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions.

  4. Michael says:

    Thanks alot it was really helpful. I just have one more question and sorry to bother you. I was wondering since it can travel to usb and other media devices, for sure it has traveled on to my external hard drive (which i scanned and deleted viruses on the weekend) but i was wondering since i updated my computer and if for some reason i skipped over that virus do you think its still a possiblity to get it even if i reformated and updated windows and my virus scanners? And i also have a memory stick pro duo media card and for some reason it became corrupted a little while ago, could it be because of conficker as well and can it be fixed, because it says its copy protected and it wont let me lift the protection and/or format it. Sorry to bother you with all this. Please get back to me if you can. Thanks.

  5. Mathdelane says:

    Hi Michael, on your first question, it’s a must that you should get rid of the Conficker virus throughout your system in order to be sure that it would not be a threat. I’d suggest that you run a complete scan and check if its already gone and only by then that you’ll be free from the malware and remember to always update your antivirus and download necessary updates from Microsoft. Regarding your memory stick, have it scanned with your antivirus and after it’s healed from the malware, just use any file recovery software to get your corrupted files as some of it may not be totally gone if not all. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions.

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