Disable Autorun in Windows® 7
What is the need to disable Autorun in Windows 7? How can we disable it?
Window 7 is installed with highly innovative features like Autorun. Autorun is set-up to simplify installation of applications for non-technical users. As soon as an installation CD is inserted into a CD-ROM drive, Windows will detect and verify the contents for a particular file containing a set of instructions. In case of a commercial application, these instructions usually initiate installation of the software from the CD-ROM. In order to increase the success of installation, Autorun also operates after the drive is accessed in. Autorun, an excellent feature of Windows Explorer was introduced in Windows 95. It can enable media and devices to commence programs by using commands listed in a stored file in the installation disks. This application is also known as application installer. The autorun.inf file also states an icon which represents the device visually in Explorer along with other superior features.
The different ways to disable Autorun in Windows 7 are discussed below:
- Malware removal
- Disable Autorun
The malware infection may be one of the reasons to disable Autorun feature from your computer. Malware applications easily spread because of the Autorun feature, which can automatically execute a file mentioned in autorun.inf file, that is situated at the root of any removable device like USB. You may use an Open folder to view files option to run any redundant file thereby infecting your computer. It is recommended to run a full system scan using a strong antivirus program like Norton, McAfee, etc.
If Autorun does not functions well, it has to be uninstalled. This feature may fail to work if you insert a CD in the CD-ROM drive. This can be because of an outdated CD. This outdated CD prevents the Autorun feature from functioning properly. In such situation, you need to uninstall and reinstall the Autorun feature.
You can easily disable Autorun. First of all you need to open Windows Explorer by pressing the 'Windows' and 'e' keys. Now, right-click the preferred CD-ROM and select 'Properties'. Then click the AutoPlay tab. Choose each item from the drop down list and for the 'Action' to execute, select 'Take no action' to disable Autorun. Click 'OK'.