By: Joey Cam
Tutorial / How-To
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The number one way computers get infected by viruses at my job is via USB drives aka “pen drives”, aka “Thumb drives”, aka “USB keys”. Almost everyone has a USB drive and all modern day computers accept them. So it is hard to avoid viruses transferred via USB drives. After doing some research I found out how I could make any Windows XP computer at work immune to these particular viruses.
For those that are wondering how viruses are transferred to computers via USB drives I will give a brief explanation. Whenever you insert a USB drive into a computer there is a pop-up that displays the contents of the drive immediately or a pop-up that will ask you what you want to do with the drive. That pop-up is controlled by a tiny, invisible file within the USB drive named “autorun.inf”. USB viruses attach themselves to that autorun.inf file when a USB drive is inserted into an infected computer. Then when the virus infested USB drive is inserted into another computer the infection spreads on. It is an ongoing cycle.
In the following Windows 7 PC immunization to USB drive viruses video tutorial I will take you step-by-step and you will easily learn the following…
1. How USB viruses are passed along to computers
2. How-to navigate around the Windows 7 control panel and find the Autoplay media settings
3. A fast and simple way of making your Windows 7 computer immune to USB viruses
4. How your Windows 7 PC will react to USB drives after it is immunized to USB autorun.inf viruses
5. How to open your USB drives on computers that are immune to USB autorun viruses 6. My preferred method of making Windows 7 computers immune to USB viruses. It will just take 30-90 seconds more work than the other method
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