Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:01 PM
Ok, so I want to virus-scan my thumb drives and DVD's for viruses.
But, what about the danger of a virus in autorun, or some other location, like a hidden partition, getting onto my PC when I insert the media and try to scan it?
I wanted to find the answer on the web without having to ask in a forum, but after a couple of hours of internet research, my mind was twisted. I read about registry hacks to disable autoplay. I read about windows updates making the hacks obsolete. But, the update described (950582) doesn't match the naming convention of updates I can see on my PC (like KB2653956) so I can't verify if I have the update. I read about editing group policy settings. Then I read that I can simply hold down shift when insterting media to disable autoplay (or autorun, I don't even know what it's called now).
Ok, holding down shift sounds like a nice easy solution, ao I want it to be real. I tested it on a thumb that I know is clean and it seemed to stop autoplay/autorun, but it didn't stop everything, because Windows still knew that the thumb had been removed from the last PC without using the "remove safely" command, and suggested I scan the disk. How could it know that without reading from the thumb, and if it read from the thumb could a virus infect my PC even if autoplay is disabled?
In short, what do I have to do to virus-scan and clean DVD's and thumb drives without the risk of infecting my PC?
I have a laptop with Vista, and a netbook with XP-Sp2.
Thanks for helping me, and I'm sorry I couldn't solve this one myself.