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Disable Autorun Script to stop malware infections on a Windows XP computer

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« on: March 03, 2009, 01:16:24 pm »

Many security experts recommend turning off the Autorun feature to stop a common malware tactic of infecting a removable drive, such as a USB drive, so that it will automatically attempt to spread malware when the infected USB drive is connected to a new PC.

This script automates the steps suggested by Nick Brown, and further recommended by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), to disable Autorun on a Windows XP computer. To use it, unzip the download and double-click the DisableAutorun.reg script.

Note that with Autorun disabled, you'll no longer get an automatic installation prompt when you insert a program's installation CD or perform similar Autorun-dependent tasks. Instead, you'll need to double-click the installation or other program on the CD or removable drive yourself. Also, there have been reports of potential problems with U3 thumb drives when Autorun is disabled. Should you wish to restore Autorun, use our Restore Autorun script.

This script will change the Windows registry. To use it, download the file and double-click it. If you want to reverse the change, download and run the re-enable script.

Click HERE to download

Note- Removing this process may also help speed up your computer slightly because Windows will no longer be "polling" for inserted CD's and USB drives..and you won't get that sometimes annoying window that pops up when you insert a CD and plan to "do your own thing" and you don't want Windows suggesting what to do...but you need to know how to access these drives on your own. If you don't, then either don't install this can ask me how to do it... smiley

If you use Windows Vista and want to disable Autorun, see Microsoft's somewhat techie-oriented Vista instructions.

If you want to undo the changes above, then download the program to reverse the registry change made above.

Click HERE
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