One of the techniques used by some of the very dangerous and harmful malware to infect your PC is through the autorun.inf file. They put a specially crafted autorun.inf file on your USB keys so that whenever you plug it into a clean PC, the malware runs automatically and infects that clean PC too. You can use the free AutoRun Disable tool to stop running of autorun.inf in Windows.
You can download AutoRun Disable from the Endpoint Protector web site. The download is a setup installer. You can run the downloaded setup file to install the AutoRun Disable in your Windows PC. After the installation, you can run AutoRun Disable from its desktop shortcut. In the main window, there are three tabs – Disable AutoRun, By Drive Type & By Drive Letter. In the Disable AutoRun tab, you can click on the button labeled Disable Everything and Save button to disable autorun.inf on all drives.
Because the autorun.inf infection method is mostly used by malware on the USB disks, you may not want to block auto-running of the CD/DVD disk drives. If you do not want to block autorun.inf on all types of disk drives, then you can switch to the by Drive Type tab. Under this tab, you can choose to block autorun.inf file on different types of disk drive types by un-checking the checkboxes in front of them. You have to click the Save button to save the settings.
If you want to block the auto-run feature only on a certain drive (say only on G:), then you can block the drives by drive letters too. This feature is present in the By Drive Letter section. Here you can type in the drive letters separated by commas and click on the Save button to save the the settings. For example, if you want to block the drives D:, G: and H: then you have to type D,G,H in the given field as shown in the picture below.
The AutoRun Disable tool provides an easy way to block the auto-run feature in your Windows PC. Disabling of the auto-run feature for various disk drives reduces the risk of your PC getting infected by some of the malware that depend on this technique to infect your computer. Unlike some other tools, it does not create files on your disk drives. For keeping your PC safe, it is one of the essential tools to have at your hand.
You can download AutoRun Disable from http://www.endpointprotector.com/.