|Thanks for your advice - the virus appears to be gone from the computer and external harddrive. I'm going to keep scanning for a few days to be sure, but it seems to be beaten. I would never have thought of trying any of the three things you suggested, but they seem to have worked.|
The question now is, how do I get it off of the jump drives? I cannot do them the way I did the external, as they cannot stay in the computer during start up.
Before I posted here, I put my own autorun.inf file on one of the jump drives. It's still infected, and my autorun seems to keep it from reinfecting things, but I don't know. I tried to clean it with Malwarebytes Antimalware, but the computer reminded me that it cannot start with the jump drive plugged in by, quite simply, refusing to start up.
I attempted to use the cmd feature, typing in cmd, than the jump drive's letter while it was plugged in, typing dir /ah to see what was there. Recycld did not show, although I checked the jump drive and it's on there.
The other jump drive I formatted, then foolishly removed and plugged back in. For some reason, instead of removing the autorun, Avast freaked and kept popping up that the autorun was on the jump drive until I removed it and shut down the computer. As in, seconds would pass after I told it to remove the autorun before it popped up warning me again. I have not attempted reinserting it since.
Earlier today, I entered into the registry the following code:
to try and disable autorun. I'm not sure if it worked, as after I restarted the computer and plugged in the external autoplay popped up. (I'm a little vague on the details, as if it were not obvious.)
I am not sure if my mp3 player is infected or not, as when we plugged it in I was told by the repair man that the driver was missing for it, but the computer was still infected when we tried plugging it in.
In short: what shall I try for the usb devices that cannot stay plugged into the computer during a restart? If I have left anything out, please say so and I will provide.
Thanks again for the help with the major drives.