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Disable AutoRun in XP

November 13th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

AutoRun/AutoPlay is a well known security risk. Pop an infected USB stick into your PC and up pops the autorun/autoplay menu. Viruses can replicate items on that list, so you think you’re just opening it up in Explorer but actually you’re infecting your PC as well.

It makes sense then to disable it. It can be done easily in Group Policy, but if you’re a home user then that won’t be any use to you. Here’s how to do it XP by modifying the registry.

  1. Start> Run
  2. Type regedit
  3. Click OK
  4. Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer\ NoDriveTypeAutorun
  5. Right-click NoDriveTypeAutoRun, and then click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, type 0xFF to disable all types of drives.
  7. Click OK. Exit Registry Editor
  8. Restart your PC
  9. Done!
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