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Hi there, In our school those students have been sharing flash drives with each other and it seems they have a virus on it because whenever they plug in their flash drives you only see shortcuts....is there some way for them to clean their flash drive and stop this problem?

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reformat the drives, this can be accomplished inside of xp, vista, win7 etc., quite easily.
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but wont that mean losing everything....
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Whats showing up? Can you check to see how much data is on the drive via properties? If its very small, most likely its just shortcuts which are very small. If its a lot of data, something is hidden or data is recoverable via some free data recovery tools online.
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If you download Malwarebytes you can set an option in the settings to scan an external device i.e. a flashdrive for a virus. It is possible it's a virus but its also possible that it uses a 3rd party software that somehow got corrupted. Whenever I get a flash drive I see if it does use a 3rd party software before purchasing it as they are more a pain then a help.
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Flash Disinfector (http://www.myantispyware.com/2009/01/08/flash-disinfector-free-autoruninf-trojans-removal-tool/)is an excellent tool for this as is USB tools.  I also highly suggest using something like Autorun Eater or USB-Set (http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/index.php?/topic/128367-usb-set-14/), especially if you haven't deployed the autorun fix from Microsoft.  Note that BOTH autorun and autoplay should NOT be enabled on any shared systems unless you want them infected.  

Once you make sure that sticks are no longer infected, make sure everyone runs something on their home machines.  
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You never said you wanted to keep the contents.

ccleaner, malwarebytes, eset nod32 and you should be good to go.
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