Disable Autorun For Removable Media In Windows 7

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Many malware applications spread because of the Autorun feature, which automatically executes the malicious file in the autorun.inf file located at the root of any removable device like a USB.

Also the Open folder to view files option can easily be used to run any unwanted file and thus risks infecting your computer. Precaution is better than cure; it's very simple to disable autorun.

First launch the Run dialogue box by pressing Win + R, type Gpedit.msc, then press Enter.

Run

The Local Group Policy Editor will be launched.

Local Group Policy

Now navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components.

Local Group Policy Editor Auto Play

Locate the Turn off Autoplay option, then right click it and choose the Edit option.

Turn off autoplay

On the next step, click the Enabled option.

Enable Turn off

Click the Apply button to complete the configuration. Make sure to select All drives from the drop down menu of the Turn off Autoplay on… option, to disable Autorun on all drives. Enjoy!


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LAST UPDATED 9/7/2011