Microsoft Ditches AutoRun In Windows 7…For The Most Part

by Rafael Hernandez on April 29, 2009 · 0 comments

Windows7_logo.png Microsoft strives to make things easy on its less than savvy OS users. Case in point is their (rather annoying) AutoPlay feature which, when tied to AutoRun, automatically launches applications on all manner of plug-in devices and discs. Unfortunately an increasing number of USB keys and devices with on-board memory have been sold with malware and viruses that take advantage of this fact leading to some widespread PC infections.

The company is planning on turning off its AutoRun support by default for removable drives like USB Keys but they’ll still keep it enabled for the old trusted optical media. A welcome change although we might just see discs used as a new attack vector too.

Source: Microsoft Security Response Center Blog

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