Windows® 7 Disable Autorun
What is the method of disabling AutoRun in Windows 7?
Removable devices such as USB and thumb drives will 'AutoRun' certain files when the device is plugged in. This is one of the easiest ways to spread viruses in one system to another which is reminiscent of the 'sneakernet' viruses of the early 90s, which spread via infected floppy discs. It's better to change this Windows default action and disable the promiscuous AutoRun feature. AutoRun commands are usually stored in AutoRun.inf files. These commands allow applications to start, start installation programs, or start other routines. In all the previous versions of Windows other than Windows Vista, when media that contains an AutoRun command is inserted, the system mechanically executes the program without requiring user intervention. Because codes might be executed without user's knowledge or consent, users might want to disable this feature because of security concerns. You can take certain precautions to avoid AutoRun files in the system. If any of the autorun.inf files are in the network drive, then you need to delete them. This will prevent the entry of AutoRun files into the system.
The following points are some of the ways to disable AutoRun in Windows 7:
- Using registry
- Using group policy
- Antivirus software
You can remove most of the infections in the system with the help of the registry in the system. In this case, this process is a complex one and the user needs proper care to do like this. You can open the registry with the 'regedit' command. Then you need to select the "HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionpoliciesExplorerNoDriveTypeAutorun" from the registry. After disabling the related components in the registry, you need to restart the system.
Using group policy
The group policy method is effective to remove AutoRun from the registry. Then type as gpedit.msc in the open box. Administrator power is necessary with this method and the user needs to enter the password. You can see the Autoplay properties in the computer configuration. By selecting the disable option in Autoplay policies, you can disable AutoRun in the system.
You can disable the effect of AutoRun in the system with the help of powerful antivirus software. Here you need to scan the system with antivirus software in the system. If the scanning selects any AutoRun files, then you need to delete them with the help of the 'Remove' option. The proper updation of virus definitionS of the antivirus software is necessary in this case.
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