How To Protect Your Desktop From Virus By Disabling Autorun

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Most of the computer seems to get transferred from flash drives, pen drives and other portable and removable media. As soon as you plug and play your removable storage media, the windows’ default feature will search for Autorun.inf file which contains all the information about the things to do when media is plugged in.

It can execute programs (probably virus) which are already in removable storage media. Eventually the programs copies itself to the hard drive.

Therefore it is necessary to turn of autorun feature in your windows to get rid of viruses.

In this short tutorial I am  going to teach you how to disable your system from searching and executing autorun.inf as soon as the removable storage is plugged in.

Follow this simple step by step tutorial.

First go to Start> Run

Type: gpedit.msc in run window and press OK button.

It will load the group policy editor window.

In the explorer sidebar at the left, open Computer configuration tree. Inside it open Administrative templates. Again open System folder. (refer to the image below).

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At the right side, scroll down for the “Turn off Autoplay”.

Double click to open it.

Click on “Enabled” button and choose “all drives”.

And click on OK button.

Again in  explorer sidebar at the left, open User configuration tree. Inside it open Administrative templates. Again open System folder. (refer to the image below).

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At the right side, scroll down for the “Turn off Autoplay”.

Double click to open it. Apply the same settings as above and click on OK button.

Restart you PC.

Now onwards, your removable media won’t autoplay making your desktop more secure from virus.