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Autorun.inf help please..


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#1 gorbalsbhoy

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Posted 02 November 2014 - 11:42 AM

I have four external drives on my desktop (windows 8.1) all of them have the folder autorun.inf that i cant delete..also all my hard drives in my computer are named local disk instead of what they are really called eg  photography etc,,any ideas guys,been bugging me for ages..


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Posted 02 November 2014 - 02:34 PM

autorun.inf is part of Windows.


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Posted 04 November 2014 - 11:16 AM

not on external usb drives as windows is not installed on them..

Its a known problem..



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Posted 04 November 2014 - 04:32 PM

The autorun files may have been put there by the manufacturer.  I have 2 Toshiba external HDD's and the both came with autorun files.  Have you opened them in Notepad to see what they do?  If you can't delete them you may have to change their permissions first.


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Posted 04 November 2014 - 04:58 PM

By changing names I am assuming you want to change the volume label of the partition.

 

Type CMD in the search bar and Right Click Run as Administrator. Type the following at the command prompt

label X: volumename

Where X is the drive letter you want to change and volumename is whatever name you want to give to the drive.



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Posted 04 November 2014 - 05:29 PM

The autorun files may have been put there by the manufacturer.  I have 2 Toshiba external HDD's and the both came with autorun files.

That is correct. I have them on both my Toshiba and Wester Digital external drives.

Autorun.inf is a text-based configuration file that provides instructions for the autorun feature and contains instructions for the operating system and many external hard drives...i.e. options for how to view the contents.

Autorun.inf can be exploited to allow a malicious program to run automatically without the user knowing since it is a loading point for legitimate programs. Such an exploit involves malware that modifies/loads an autorun.inf file into the root folder of all drives (internal, external, removable) along with a malicious executable. When removable media is inserted (mounted), autorun looks for autorun.inf and automatically executes the malicious file to run silently on your computer.
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