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Autorun features of Windows are helping viruses boost!

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Are you enjoying the luxury of inserting a CD and immediately start watching your awaited movie? Plug in the Pen Drive or Digital Camera and start viewing your photoes? It is the Autorun Feature of Microsoft Windows that is making all this possible.


Autorun is a feature that's been included with Windows since 1995, and what it does is looks for a file on an inserted CD called Autorun.inf. If it finds it, then it executes any program associated with it. This is fine for trusted software, but it can also execute malicious programs like viruses and spyware, too.


I bet you have seen many exe files with the icon of a folder in your computer. Caught by lots of viruses and your antivirus application could not control them? That's why I believe the safe computer user disables Autorun altogether.


Then how to disable Autorun?


Before I tell you the process of disabling autorun feature in windows, let me inform you that if you "HOLD THE SHIFT KEY WHEN INSERTING CD OR PEN DRIVE" the autorun will not run.


Here's the procedure:

Click: Start>Run and type in "Regedit" without the quotes.


You're now in the Registry Editor, a dark and scary place within Windows. Be ye not afraid, though. We'll only be here a moment!


Click: HKEY_LOCALMACHINE>SYSTEM>CurrentControlSet>Services>Cdrom Then double click "Autorun". Don't worry about anything else in here except the number. Change the value from 1 to 0.


Click OK and Restart your computer. See? Wasn't that easy?

Okay, so what about Vista?

The same process applies here with a slight twist at the end:

Type "Regedit" into the Search Bar, minus the quotes.

Click : HKEY_LOCALMACHINE>SYSTEM>CurrentControlSet>Services>Cdrom, then double-click "Autorun" and change the value from 1 to 0. Click OK just like before.

Here's the M. Night Shyamalan twist at the end. Click your Start button and type "Autoplay" into your Search Bar and hit Enter.


Uncheck the box that says "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices".

Restart. Just to be thorough.

Pat yourself on the back, you've successfully edited the registry and are safer as a result!


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