With significant rise of malwares employing autorun.inf to execute and spread, Microsoft pushed a solution by disabling autorun registry key through Windows Update and Automatic update. Please refer all the details from this url: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967715
Here’s an instruction to do it manually.
How to selectively disable specific Autorun features
To selectively disable specific Autorun features, you must modify the NoDriveTypeAutoRun value under the following registry key subkey:
|0x1||Disables AutoPlay on drives of unknown type|
|0x4||Disables AutoPlay on removable drives|
|0x8||Disables AutoPlay on fixed drives|
|0x10||Disables AutoPlay on network drives|
|0x20||Disables AutoPlay on CD-ROM drives|
|0x40||Disables AutoPlay on RAM disks|
|0x80||Disables AutoPlay on drives of unknown type|
|0xFF||Disables AutoPlay on all kinds of drives|
Personally, I prefer 0xFF value which disables autoplay on all kinds of drives. The draw back here is when you are installing from CD ‘coz you have to manually execute the setup instead of automatically running it. The good thing, you’ll be safe from autorun malwares!
A small visual map of OS X threat distribution. They are often found in websites offering Free Software, Cracks and Keygens. Also, victimizing Mac users looking for drivers and books… this may equate an impression that “Free Mac Stuff” = “Mac Threats” – yes, attackers mostly rides on popular trend or search.
This is just part of the big map, but basically in my investigation these threats are massively distributed in different servers and geographic locations. Obviously, it provides us understanding that these threats are mostly driven by pay-per-intall schemes.
The terrible news of Victorian bushfire is indeed devastating specifically to those affected. I still remember that week the temperature soared to 40 degrees Celsius, it was absolutely hot!
As described, it was like a roaring storm and soars like a tidal wave and rolls like a huge ball of fire. It was unimaginable!
Overall, I’m doing great this incident is 50-60Km away from Melbourne CBD (central business district) area where I live. Although, we experience thick smoke and ashes due to wind.
This is not related to any Mac Threats …. But, I am encouraging you to please take part in building the lives of those affected – who lost families, pets and properties.
Please send your donation through Australian Red Cross @ http://www.redcross.org.au. I did it online as well, just click secure online donation and follow through instructions.
Feel free to drop by and share your thoughts! Afterall, it is blessed to give than to receive.