Posts Tagged ‘autorun’

Registry Alert Monitors the Windows Registry for Unwanted Modifications

Monday, May 6th, 2013

This sounds like a useful tool … it would be nice if Windows itself incorporated a feature like this.

Some programs that you install on your version of Windows add entries to sensitive locations in the Windows Registry. One of those places are the startup locations in the Registry that programs can make use of to autostart with Windows. While that is sometimes wanted, for instance for security software, it is often unwanted as the gain from doing so is minima, and that only if the program is trustworthy. Malware and spyware is often added to an autostart location so that it is autorun with the system.

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Twitter Sues Twitter Spam Tool Providers

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Here’s an interesting approach to dealing with spam; if it works, this type of strategy will probably make Twitter users very happy.

Twitter in its current form is abused by spammers, usually with the help of automated tools that support multiple profiles, auto following and posting, custom messages and a lot of other goodies that put Twitter use on autorun. Reasons for spamming Twitter differ, from pushing out mass advertisements over SEO purposes to distributing malware and other malicious content.

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Bitdefender USB Immunizer – Protect Removable Drives from Autorun-Based Attacks

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

I haven’t tried this myself, but it sure does sound useful. If I’d had this about five years ago, I could have saved myself from tossing a couple of infected flash drives …

Back in the days of the floppy drive, disks where the most common way of spreading viruses and malware. The Internet has taken over, and floppy drives are long gone. They have been replaced by removable drives and optical discs, which are also capable of spreading malware.

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Microsoft Windows Autorun Updates Restricts Functionality

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Here’s one more thing that the February 2011 Windows security patch fixes …

One of the updates of yesterday’s patch day slipped through my grasps, mainly because I’m running Windows 7 and the update was not for that operating system. Ghacks reader Ilev let me know about it in the comments of my patch day overview guide Microsoft Security Bulletin Overview February 2011. Autorun has been a problematic feature for some time in a security context as it provides the means to automatically run files on removable drives, network shares, optical discs and other media if an autorun.inf file is present.

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Portable Autorun Manager for Windows

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

I can think of a whole bunch of things that this program would come in handy for …

AutoRun enables devices and media to start programs automatically in the operating system. The feature should not be confused with AutoPlay which scans media and devices and suggests or launches appropriate actions automatically. Experts often recommend to disable AutoRun functionality for security reasons as the feature is exploited by malware to execute malicious code on the computer system.

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