Running Off Autorun

Some idiot at M$ decided it would be a great idea if code on mountable volumes would be automatically executed in that other OS. That decision makes that other OS fertile ground for malware. After a decade, M$ has decided to do away with “autorun” on USB drives while leaving it on CDs… HAHAHA Those guys just don’t get security and if you run that other OS you won’t have security either. Of course, you can turn off that “feature” if you know what you are doing but it is obvious that many millions of users do not. In simple terms, the “autorun” feature was like an open door and welcome mat for criminals.

Please, use an operating system that is not out to get you… like Debian GNU/Linux.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Running Off Autorun

  1. oe says:

    nightgoblin has a great observation, although we have learned the low grade, chronic disease is bad enough, I can attest at work the antidote, which is like chemotherapy or AIDS cocktail drugs (Symantec Antivirus, Avast,etc…) is just to expected by all the users, right along with all it’s dragging and endured symptoms of disk thrashing, hourglasses, and unresponsive machines – the real single-pill miracle cure is a shot of GNU/Linux (or other FOSS OS)….

  2. nightgoblin says:

    It’s too late now. I’ve seen infected computers with malware using this mechanism at my friend’s and family’s, in my colledge and even at my workplace as well. We have reached the point where it’s acceptable to have your machines running that other OS (let’s call it Sickdows) infected with several pieces of malware. As long as malware doesn’t destroy their data users just ‘tolerate’ it on their machines (hoping next AV update will somehow remove it).

  3. JairJy says:

    Well, the default behavior on the last version of Windows disables Autorun entirely so this update is for earlier versions of Windows.

    But those idiots at Microsoft are not alone. A recent IMB’s statement announced about some venerabilities regarding Autorun on Linux and GNOME too: http://goo.gl/0eVon

    … That’s why all users for any OS who consider themselves not enough experts to know how to protect their computers must use any anti-malware software.

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