Disable USB autorun

USB devices are now to blame for the spread of 25% of all viral worms.

Panda Security’s company estimates that a quarter of all new worms use portable storage devices to spread themselves. It arrived at such a high estimate after surveying more than 10,000 small and medium firms. “Much of the malware in circulation has been designed to distribute through these devices,”  “Not only does it copy itself to these gadgets, but it also runs automatically when a USB device is connected to a computer, infecting the system practically transparently to the user.”

The best way to keep USB viruses from injecting themselves to your PC or laptop is to Disable the USB Autorun feature .

  1. Click the Start button, then Run and enter “gpedit.msc” without the quotes
  2. Go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System
  3. Scroll down to “Turn off Autoplay” and double click on it
  4. Click on the “Enabled” radio button, then for “Turn off Autoplay on” select “All drives”

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This will now prevent any virus from auto executing itself through a USB drive.

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