There might be many people enjoying the luxury of Autorun Feature to run their default applications whenever CDs, Pen Drives or external hard drives are inserted. But the majority and almost everybody were under the huge pain of worm viruse infections spreading through the autorun feature of Microsoft Windows.
Last week, Microsoft announced a major change in its security policy for all of its operating systems from Windows XP, Vista and up to the upcoming Version 7. Starting soon with XP and Vista, Microsoft will be disabling the auto run feature for all devices other than CD-ROMs. This means that when you plug in a flash drive or hard drive, you will not get your auto run option. I'm sure that for some of you this will seem inconvenience in the you know where, but a small inconvenience for the security justifies well!
We know well about the conficker worm and how it spreads. Conficker and many other worms spread by exploiting the auto run in windows. If you have an infected device and you plug it in, you will be infected because of this exploit. Microsoft decided to disable this option to fight against works such as Conficker.
So keep an eye out for this change. It's coming soon to an OS near you!
Stay safe out there!
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