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Disabling AutoRuns

Discussion in 'Malware Removal FAQ' started by chaslang, Apr 4, 2009.

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  1. chaslang

    chaslang MajorGeeks Admin - Master Malware Expert Staff Member

    The Windows autorun feature enables CDs to play automatically when inserted in the drive. Also other removable media like flash drives....etc use the same autorun feature to load files when the drives are plugged into the USB port. Malware uses this autorun feature to spread from the removable media drive to PC. Since the AutoRuns feature is now being so frequently used by malware to spread infections, it is just a better idea to disable this feature of Windows to prevent malware from spreading.

    Since the below steps will make changes to the registry, you are advised to backup your registry and create a System Restore point before running these steps. See these links:
    How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
    Windows XP System Restore Is Easy to Use
    Windows Vista - Creating a Restore Point

    Before trying to disable AutoRuns, proper updates for your Windows Operating System (OS) must be applied before AutoRuns can be properly disabled. Choose the link from below for your Windows OS and install this update now.
    After installing the patch, reboot your PC even if it does not ask you to do so.

    After installing the update that is appropiate for your version of Windows, continue on with the below instructions.

    Copy the bold text below to notepad. Save it as AutoRunDisable.reg to your desktop. Be sure the "Save as" type is set to "all files" Once you have saved it double click it and allow it to merge with the registry.
    You need to make sure that you receive a success message about adding the above
    to the registry. If you do not get a success message, it definitely did not work
    and you will have to inform someone in our forun about your problem.

    Reboot your PC again after applying the above registry patch.


    AutoPlay and Autorun are two different features. AutoPlay will still work and function normally, while autorun will be disabled. Thus if you insert your music CD into a drive, it should still autoplay. In the rare cases where a CD uses Autorun, it will be disabled.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2009
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