You're welcome.Keeping Autorun enabled
on USB and other removable drives has become a significant security risk
due to the increasing number of malware variants that can infect them and transfer the infection to your computer. Read Danger USB! Worm targets removable memory sticks
You can hold down the Shift
key when inserting the drive into your computer until Windows detects it to keep autorun.inf
from executing automatically. However, I recommend disabling the Autorun feature
on USB and removable drives as a method of prevention. This should keep the malicious file from automatically running upon insertion and infecting your system while allowing you to safely perform a scan.
The easiest way to disable Autorun on a specific drive is to download and use Tweak UI PowerToy
- After installation, launch Tweak UI, double-click on My Computer in the tree menu on the left, then click on AutoPlay > Drives. This will allow you to change the system settings for AutoPlay/autorun.
- Uncheck the drives you want to disable AutoPlay on and click on Apply.
- Next, click on the Types in the left tree. This allows you to control whether Autoplay is enabled for CD and DVD drives and removable drives. You may need to restart Tweak UI if it closes after step 2.
- Uncheck the box to disable Autoplay for a particular type of drive.
- Click Apply.
If needed, see Disable Autorun/AutoPlay in XP with Tweak UI
" for instructions with screenshots.Note: When Autorun is disabled, double-clicking a drive which has autorun.inf in its root directory may still activate Autorun so be careful. Disabling autorun/autoplay does not prevent you from accessing those media sources. They are still available by opening My Computer and accessing the source drive (cd, dvd, usb/flash drive or external hard drive).
If your using Windows Vista, please refer to "Preventing AutoPlay with Local Group Policy Editor or AutoPlay options panel
". Windows 2000 users can refer to "Disabling Autoplay in Windows 2000 with Group Policy
".For Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection, be sure to read:
• "Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe
• "How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again!
• "Best Practices - Internet Safety for 2008
• "Hardening Windows Security - Part 1 & Part 2
• "IE Recommended Minimal Security Settings
" - "How to Secure Your Web Browser
• Avoid gaming sites
, underground web pages, pirated software sites, and peer-to-peer
(P2P) file sharing
programs. They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections
, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming and underground sites. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads
and Flash ads
that install viruses, Trojans and spyware
. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications. Read P2P Software User Advisories
and Risks of File-Sharing Technology