In all the Windows computers exists a very useful feature called auto-play or auto-run that launches the auto-run script on a drive as soon as it is connected to your PC. It was used extensively in the late 90s and early 2000s by the CD/DVD publishers to launch programs, setup installers, web browsers or media players when you inserted the disk to your optical drive. Software installation disks still use the method to launch the appropriate software installation utility in Windows using this method. Unfortunately, some of the malicious software also use this to infect computers and spread the malware from one PC to another by copying files to USB pen-drives, memory cards etc.
The makers of the K7 Antivirus for Windows have now come up a free tool called K7 Auto-Run Tweaker that can be used to turn off or turn on the auto-run feature for various different types of drives easily. Usually for turning off or for turning on these features, you have to open the Windows Registry Editor and make some changes, create new values or modify them. But why mess with the Windows Registry manually, when you can do everything using K7 Auto-Run Tweaker.
The small program contains five check-boxes that can be used to disable the auto-run on various drives, namely on all drives, on removable drives, on fixed drives, on network drives, and on CD/DVD drives. After selecting the options, you can click on the Save button. It will inform you about rebooting your PC in order for the changes to take effect.
And if you want to remove the changes made by Auto-Run Tweaker, you can launch it again and uncheck all the boxes before clicking on the Save button. As you can guess, you will have to restart Windows once again. Restarting is needed so that Windows can reload the changed settings in the registry.
You can download K7 Auto-Run Tweaker from https://www.k7computing.com/free-tools/.