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RE: Prevent autorun.inf on flash drives (8.5i or 8.7i)

Sorry for the late reply, but if I only want to disable the Autorun for removable media (i.e. USB flash drives) I need to change the value from 95 to 4, correct?
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Maybe, but not advisable.





Sorry, too long an explanation.

Does this explain things better? Let me know if I can help further.
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RE: Prevent autorun.inf on flash drives (8.5i or 8.7i)

like most IT departments, we set an AD GPO policy months ago, when we realised the increased threat of USB sticks and virus being spread, partially thanks to McAfee notification and newsletter services.

We use Safend to secure our end-points, and we only use approved secure USB sticks, but still we disabled all AUTORUN features to all domain systems, and users informed how to many run the security files for password prompt on the secure sticks. Some guidance to your users, managerial support and good reasons for the changes, go a long way to helping everyone adjust.

RE: Prevent autorun.inf on flash drives (8.5i or 8.7i)



We have done the same thing. We were also lucky enough that we had managements backing way back when we converted over from Windows 95 to NT that users do not have admin rights. Its been a challenge at times especially figuring out the software permission issues but we have been able to avoid a virus outbreaks over the last 10 years. We did have some users complain that their CD's wouldn't open up automaticly but we told them it was a security issue and they would just have to learn how to use either my computer or explorer to open up their files.
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RE: Prevent autorun.inf on flash drives (8.5i or 8.7i)



I agree fully. That said, sometimes even these measures are inadequate to prevent infections. (Ten years, Great!) As evidence, I have had to clean up after a Virut infection that left many files on external drives damaged. (Fortunately, restoration of the original files worked on the external drives. However, the original infected PC, though cleaned up was damaged severely enough to require a full OS reload for restoration of proper function.)

Though Autorun functions are a major infection vector, they unfortunately, are not the only vector. Though shutting down Autorun on external drives helps, more must be done -- by All.

I would like to know if anyone can recommend / find external hard drives or thumb drives which have a 'switch' forcing 'Read-Only' mode. (By switch, I mean mechanical/electrical device and not a Software based system which could possibly be bypassed.)

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