Microsoft ‘AutoRun’ and the Propagation of Malware

February 3, 2009

In the past few months Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans has encountered malware on Microsoft business systems that seems to utilize the AutoRun feature to spread among systems and USB devicesAutoRun is designed to automatically allow code to run whenever USB devices (i.e. flash memory, external hard disks) connect to a PC.

AutoRun was designed with good intentions; however malware authors utilize AutoRun for nefarious reasons – the spread of their evil.  The use of AutoRun to circulate malware is similar to the use of floppy disks in the past.  As soon as the PC reads the drive or USB device, the evil is spread.  AutoRun parameters in the registry have been utilized for propagation of malware in the past.

Onsite Computer Services believes disabling AutoRun with a registry entry is an easy way to stop certain malware from spreading.  Directions for disabling AutoRun can be found at http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/techalerts/TA09-020A.html.  If you’re experiencing trouble with your Microsoft Windows PC and you require assistance, contact Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service

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