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#1 Tinkerbell!

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 05:10 PM

Guys - following your advice I successfully uninstalled Search Conduit from my laptop woo hoo, thank you soo much....

I now have another dilemma around my external HDD.  I'm not sure if it's contaminated from a previous lap top (which was very ill in the end).  I'm worried about plugging the external into my new laptop in case it is infected, how do I get around this?  Any suggestions plz :thumbup2:.  Cheers, Tinks



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Posted 11 October 2014 - 05:53 PM

Hi Tinkerbell,

Thank you for starting this topic.

Download McShield2 to your desktop and install with default settings.

Now, anytime you plug in any type of USB device, McShield will scan the device to ensure no malware is found.

Disabling the autorun/autoplay feature in Windows will prevent a device from running once you insert it into your computer. If you are not sure how to disable that feature, please provide which Operating System you have installed, and I'll provide detailed instructions on how to accomplish that disablement.

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 02:21 PM

Thank you for your help Donna...I've downloaded MCShield. 

 

I'm not sure what this means but my OS is Windows 7 - Disabling the autorun/autoplay feature in Windows will prevent a device from running once you insert it into your computer. If you are not sure how to disable that feature, please provide which Operating System you have installed, and I'll provide detailed instructions on how to accomplish that disablement.

 



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Posted 12 October 2014 - 03:05 PM

Hi Tinkerbell! :)

You're welcome!

Now every time you insert anything into the USB ports you will notice that MCSheild will scan those devices to ensure they are infection free.

As for disabling autoplay, you can learn more about that here.

You can turn that feature off by following the instructions found here.

If you disable the Autoplay feature by going to Start > Control Panel > Autoplay and clicking on the little box to the left of Use AutoPlay for all media and devices found at the top of the window to clear out the checkmark, you will then need to go to Start > Computer and look for your external device under Devices with Removal Storage and click on it to open the device every time you insert it into your computer.

If you do not want to have to go through all those steps to prevent your device from opening automatically once inserted into your computer, you could also just press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard as you insert the USB cable belonging to that device. That will temporarily disable Autoplay for that particular device at that time.

I prefer to take the long route and just disable that feature altogether. It is recommended to do so to help prevent malware from running automatically. That will provide you the opportunity to right click on the device and scanning for malware with your installed Anti-virus before actually clicking on the device and allowing it to run. I have had moments when I am in such a hurry that I forget to press that Shift key. :wink:

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