Windows 7 to be a little more choosey with auto-run/flash drives

by Mike
Posted April 28th, 2009 at 7:13 pm


**The box bordered in red will no longer be an option on most flash drives after Window 7’s latest security update**

Microsoft announced today a move to make it harder for viruses such as Conficker to piggy back on Windows’ auto-run feature when a flash drive is inserted.  Instead of the flash drive having access to auto-run features as soon as the drive is inserted, users will have to manually launch programs contained on the storage device.  However, Microsoft cautioned that DVD’s and CD’s will still have access to auto-run option upon insertion.  So, users of certain “specialty” drives such as those powered by the U3 GUI, which is treated and loaded as a CD/DVD, should take extra precaution when using their flash drives in conjunction with auto-run.  According to Microsoft, the update that will disable auto-run for most flash drives is set to appear in the next release candidate of Windows 7 slated for a public May 5th release.  Legacy XP and Vista users need not worry as you will also be getting the security update via some form or another.  Once the update hits, I suggest everyone download it as soon as possible so malware such as Conficker has yet another hurdle to clear all while making Windows users everywhere a tad bit safer.

Source: Cnet

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