Disable AutoRun To Stop 50 Per Cent Of Windows Malware Threats

According to a biannual Security Intelligence Report from Microsoft, AutoRun -- the feature in Windows that automatically executes files when you plug in a USB or connect to a network -- accounts for almost half of all malware infections. That's really damn high.

To be clear, these are infections that don't require any user-input from you, so it's kind of not your fault that your computer gets infected. By turning off AutoRun, you'll add an extra step to certain tasks, but it's worth it to cut down on malware 50 per cent.

What's also interesting in this report is that Windows XP SP3 systems get infected about ten times as much as Windows 7 SP1 64-bit systems and six times as much vs. 32-bit Windows 7 systems. That alone is one reason why you might want to upgrade your parents' machines to Windows 7.

Windows XP Has 10-Times The Infection Rate Of Windows 7 [Ghacks]

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    It's probably a good idea to mention how to turn off Autorun:

    Start > Control Panel > AutoPlay > Untick "Use Autoplay for all media and devices" > Save

      Thanks!

      Oh and to disable autorun in xp :
      run regedit. then follow path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\
      then enter 0 value.
      done

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967715

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