Last Updated: 2009-04-29 20:57:38 UTC
by Joel Esler (Version: 3)
Yesterday morning Microsoft through their MSRC announced that they were going to further protection of Windows customers by disabling the Auto-Run "feature" in Windows for everything *except* optical media. (Because CD-ROM's can't be written to, according to them. I see nothing about CD-R and CD-RW specifically.)
I feel this is a good idea. There have always been virus/malware that liked to attach itself to things like thumbdrives and removable media like diskettes. (Does anyone use those anymore? ;) All the Windows environments that I've ever functioned in my whole career have always had Auto-Run disabled, so this is just good security practice by now.
Thanks to the reader who wrote in about this.
Update: Had a reader write in asking how to disable Auto-Run on <Win 7 machines. I "Googled" it (I haven't done this in years) and found this: