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AUTOPLAY issue


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#1 chrisfake1

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 09:26 PM

i dont know why and how but when i insert a USB device, it doesnt play automatically. I always open it manually can someone help me fixing this? thx :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 10:02 PM

Autoplay Fix: straight from Microsoft

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 02:40 AM

thx a lot

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 02:44 AM

Just a note:

It's recommended to disable autoplay and autoruns, because these are increasingly being used by malware to start malicious programs on your computer. Please see these articles:

http://miekiemoes.blogspot.com/2008/11/ple...torun-asap.html

http://www.engadget.com/2004/06/29/how-to-...run-on-windows/

Edited by Zllio, 30 January 2009 - 02:45 AM.


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Posted 30 January 2009 - 10:00 AM

Zllio, good point. I just want to add to that by saying that if you want to keep Autoplay, then use the System Restore utility from time to time!

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 10:50 AM

In addition to the links posted by Zllio:

When is AUTORUN.INF really an AUTORUN.INF?

..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 USB-Based Malware Attacks and Please disable Autorun asap!.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/193387/when-is-autoruninf-really-an-autoruninf/


MS08-067 Worm Dangers - New Conficker variants manipulate AUTORUN.INF, Spread to 3,000,000 PCs and Servers

...Techniques for disabling AUTORUN for USB plug-in devices
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazin...uritywatch.aspx
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953252
http://nick.brown.free.fr/blog/2007/10/mem...ck-worms.html...

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/195364/ms08-067-worm-dangers-new-conficker-variants-manipulate-autoruninf/


MS08-067 Conficker Worm - Mitigation Resources, Cleaning and Prevention Links
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/196717/ms08-067-conficker-worm-mitigation-resources/

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 01:06 PM

If you want to continue using Autorun (I don't want to get preachy since I don't think this topic is completely about that), you can always scan your USB drive before putting it back into your computer.
I use this on my USB drive after I have been using it on a public PC or even a friend's (my friends do not take comp security very seriously...no wonder their computers are slow and lethargic ;) ):
http://www.download.com/ClamWin-Portable/3....html?tag=mncol

Just install on your drive, update date it while connected to a computer, then you are good to go. I would recommend scanning before you eject off of another computer before placing it on yours, since autorun will kick in before you will have a chance to scan.

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 03:41 PM

These all are really good points!

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 10:28 AM

Thx for all your help, all of you have good points.
I have made my decision. I just finished a malware deletion method instructed by rigel so i guess i wont risk my pc of inserting any USB device. So i want to disable my autorun. But i already fixed one of my devices, how can i disable it again?

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 12:25 PM

Do not disable the device, but the Autoplay

If you so wish to disable Autoplay on devices/CDs/DVDs -- then do this:::

Windows XP Professional

Windows XP Home: Hold the {Shift} key down while inserting/closing the DVD/CD drive -- or while inserting the USB device. You may want to get help with the USB device part as it may be kind of hard to do that one.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 08:11 AM

Do not disable the device, but the Autoplay

If you so wish to disable Autoplay on devices/CDs/DVDs -- then do this:::

Windows XP Professional

Windows XP Home: Hold the {Shift} key down while inserting/closing the DVD/CD drive -- or while inserting the USB device. You may want to get help with the USB device part as it may be kind of hard to do that one.


I dont have my USB now. But will it work in all of devices?. example I inserted my USB and i HIT SHIFT and it appeared in (F:) [assuming it worked and didnt autoplay] but my question is the AUTOPLAY disabled in every USB inserted to (F:) ? or AUTOPLAY is disabled in the specific USB only?

-hope u udnerstand my grammar- :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 11:10 AM

Hello.

but my question is the AUTOPLAY disabled in every USB inserted to (F:) ? or AUTOPLAY is disabled in the specific USB only?

If you disable autorun itself on your computer using any method such as the registry, group policy etc... then doesn't matter what removable drive and it doesn't only relate to one specific flash-drive, autorun will be disabled. If you hold down the Shift key that is only temporarily. Next time if you don't hold down the shift key autorun will still be enabled. The answer to your question would be: Yes, AUTORUN is disabled in every removable drive (not just USB's or your F-drive but ALL removable drives).

That's why you should disable Autorun itself, not using the Shift key because that's only temporarily. The best and safest way to do it is via group policy. Instructions on doing that can be found over here

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 04:47 AM

thx!! :thumbsup:

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 06:41 AM

That's why you should disable Autorun itself, not using the Shift key because that's only temporarily. The best and safest way to do it is via group policy. Instructions on doing that can be found over here



I looked at this tutorial again and find it quite confusing. If I understand it correctly, if you want to disable autoplay, you check enable and if you want to enable autoplay you check disable. Is that correct?

Thanks.
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Posted 14 May 2009 - 09:46 PM

Since I do not even have the gpedit.msc on my system, how would I go about doing that?




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