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AutoRun Malware: THE END IS NEAR!

Category: Bugs / Virus
Posted: 11:51AM

Back in February, Microsoft released a series of updates for Windows Vista and XP Service Pack 3. With this update, the AutoPlay feature within the AutoRun used for USB devices was disabled. This prevents a virus from taking advantage of this set of features and also brings Vista and XP SP3 up to date with similar protections found in Windows 7. The data shows a decrease in incidents by 1.3 million over three months when compared to the three months right before the update. Windows XP SP3 saw a 62% decrease, Vista SP1 saw a 68% decline, and Vista SP2 saw a decrease of an amazing 82%. Although this is a drastic improvement, many see this as way past due. Although the AutoRun feature may have been convenient, the outcome should have been easily predicted.

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BillyBuerger on June 19, 2011 12:28PM
Yeah, autorun was always on my list of things to turn off on windows. And not just for USB but for everything. Stupid feature that is minimally helpful but endlessly annoying and in these cases dangerous.

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