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Autorun/Autoplay not working.


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#1 MARTINUS09

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 12:14 PM

Hi
I recently had a problem where my browser kept getting redirected to other sites. I downloaded ComboFix and ran it following all the instructions. To my delight after going back on the internet my browser was not getting redirected anymore. I have only just noticed though that my Autoplay is no longer working. I can go to My Computer and access the drives that way but it is very long winded. I can no longer auto play my cd/dvd or use my memory sticks/camera etc. I have tried using Microsoft Autofix but it did not fix it.
I am running WINXP HOME EDITION on a desktop and my browser is IE6. I hope you can help me fix this problem
Many Thanks...Martin

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:51 AM

How To Enable/Disable Autorun
  • Open Windows Explorer by pressing the Windows + "e" key
  • Right-click the desired device and select Properties from the menu.
  • Select the AutoPlay tab.
  • Select each item from the pulldown list and for the Action to perform, select "Take no action" to disable autorun, or pick the apporpriate action to take if enabling autorun.
  • Select OK.

Edited by garmanma, 20 October 2009 - 08:53 AM.

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 11:01 AM

Keeping Autorun enabled on USB (pen, thumb, jump) 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. To learn more about this risk, please read:These types of infections usually involve malware that modifies and loads an autorun.inf (text-based configuration) file into the root folder of all drives (internal, external, removable) along with a malicious executable. When removable media such as a CD/DVD is inserted (mounted), autorun looks for autorun.inf and automatically executes the malicious file to run silently on your computer. For flash drives and other USB storage, autorun.ini uses the Windows Explorer's right-click context menu so that the standard "Open" or "Explore" command starts the file. Malware modifies the context menu (adds a new default command) and redirects to executing the malicious file if the "Open" command is used or double-clicking on the drive icon. When a flash drive becomes infected, the Trojan will infect a system when the removable media is inserted if autorun has not been disabled.

ComboFix automatically disables autoruns the first time it is used. Since malware writers have begun to exploit the autorun/autoplay feature, the author of ComboFix, in an effort to help protect your computer from becoming infected via that avenue, configured ComboFix to disable it. Many security applications disable this feature as well and even Microsoft recommends doing the same.

...Disabling Autorun functionality can help protect customers from attack vectors that involve the execution of arbitrary code by Autorun when inserting a CD-ROM device, USB device, network shares, or other media containing a file system with an Autorun.inf file...

Microsoft Security Advisory (967940): Update for Windows Autorun

Disabling autorun/autoplay does not prevent you from accessing your media sources. They are still available by opening My Computer and accessing the source drive (CD, DVD, USB or external hard drive). Pictures on a camera can still be accessed through My Pictures and selecting "Get Pictures" from a scanner or camera. Media can be accessed via the program you normally use it with such as music CDs via Media Player, blank CDs via burning software, image handling software provided with the camera. We strongly recommend you leave the autorun feature disabled and get into the habit of accessing your media devices manually.
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 11:39 AM

Many thanks the problem is now solved thanks to you.
I have taken your advice about leaving autoplay/run disabled after reading the danger of having it enabled virus wise.
Again Many Thanks.....Martin

Edited by MARTINUS09, 20 October 2009 - 11:40 AM.


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Posted 20 October 2009 - 12:01 PM

That was a wise choice :thumbsup:

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