Tuesday 24 August 2010

How to disable autorun in drives [gpedit.msc]

Autoplay begins reading from a drive as soon as you insert media in the drive. As a result, the setup file of programs and the music on audio media start immediately. The setting for turning off autoplay can be configured using a tool gpedit.msc which is a group policy editing tool for microsoft windows.

By default, Autoplay is disabled on removable drives, such as the floppy disk drive (but not the CD-ROM drive), and on network drives. If you enable this setting, you can also disable Autoplay on CD-ROM drives or disable Autoplay on all drives.

This setting disables Autoplay on additional types of drives. You cannot use this setting to enable Autoplay on drives on which it is disabled by default.

Follow the following procedure to disable autorun on drives

Go to start >run >gpedit.msc
A new window of group policy editor pops up.
Go to UserConfiguration > AdministrativeTemplates > System
Make sure the standard tab is being selected.
Then select TurnOffAutoplay > Properties > Enabled > AllDrives
This will disable autorun for all the drives. This can be effective from preventing the autorun of the virii in your system.