Disable Autorun to protect against USB viruses on windows

With a little common sense you are “kind of” safe from internet borne threats. With firewall of your internet router, to the Operating system firewall , to the capable antivirus in your pc. A fairly deep defense in depth.

USB Borne threats : 

The fact is these viruses use the autorun.inf exploit in windows operating system. So what can be done?

I think the inconvenience in disabling autorun/autoplay of your windows is much  much lower than reformatting or searching for the fixes and removing reg keys the viruses altered.

Disabling autorun in Vista and Windows 7 do as follows :-

1) Download the reg key and run it so that windows will ignore autorun.inf 

http://www.mediafire.com/?ncmowojutji

Note:

The first step of merging the registry file is enough, the following steps are for additional security.

2) In windows vista/7 searchbar in start menu search autoplay & open autoplay

and Remove the check from ‘Use AutoPlay for all media and devices’  

3) In windows 7/vista editions except home basic and home premium do the following

In run type gpedit.msc

  1. In the  Computer Configuration expand Administrative Templates, then expand Windows Components.
  2. Click AutoPlay Policies and select ‘Default Behavior for AutoRun’.
  3. In the Default Behavior for Autorun Properties dialog, select Enabled. In the Default Autorun Behavior field, select Do not execute any autorun commands
  4. Click Apply, then click OK and close the Group Policy Object Editor

For Windows Xp users do as follows:-

1)Download the reg key and run it to disable the autorun.inf autoplay

http://www.mediafire.com/?ncmowojutji

Note:

The first step of merging the registry file is enough, the following steps are for additional security.

2)In Run type gpedit.msc and click OK. The Group Policy window will open.

  1. In the left pane expand Administrative Templates
  2. In the right pane click System,  and click Turn Off Autoplay
  3. In the Turn Off Autoplay Properties window, select Enabled & select All drives and then click ok.
  4. XP Home Edition dont have group policy editor and so have to edit that in the registry directly.
  5. In Run type regedit and click OK. The Registry Editor window will open.
  6. Go to:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software\Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

  7. Right click the value NoDriveTypeAutoRun and select Modify and change the value to 95 hexadecimal.
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