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  • "ep2002" started this thread

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Monday, April 23rd 2012, 2:58am

What is this autostart blocked?

Hi,

This keeps popping up every time I plugin a USB stick. See SS.

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/ae209/michellek2010/autostartblocked.jpg

Thank you


Michelle

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Monday, April 23rd 2012, 5:25am

you probably have avira's "block autostart function" setting enabled.. you can turn it off by adjusting the settings in avira's "configuraton".. the "block autostart function" setting is under "security", under "general".. or you can leave it enabled, if you want to..

to adjust settings in avira's "configuration" you proabably will need to switch the setting there for "expert mode"..

to access avira's "configuration", with the main GUI open, click "extras" then "configuration"..

incidentally, i think that autorun, for USB, is already disabled by one if microsoft's updates, at least that is my understanding from what i read..

you could read more about blocking "autorun" if you want to.. in addition to the update that MS put out, there are other steps that you could take, too..
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  • "ep2002" started this thread

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Monday, April 23rd 2012, 8:07am

Ok, but I don't understand why it's being triggered & what it's for.

I'm not going to turn something off I don't understand.

On both computers it's happening, that's XP & 7.

Thanks


Michelle

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Monday, April 23rd 2012, 3:00pm

Hi Michelle,

Please read this: How can I unblock autorun?
Also, please read this: http://forum.avira.com/wbb/index.php?pag…105#post1044105

Marco
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Tuesday, April 24th 2012, 12:54pm

ep2002, the avira program has an option for "block autostart function" because sometimes malware can be distributed through "USB sticks", using the "autostart function" to cause the malware to run automatically when a malware-infected "USB stick" is plugged into a computer, and then to infect the computer with malware.. blocking the "autostart function" prevents the malware, on the "USB stick", from running automatically and then infecting the computer with malware..

the avira program is just letting you know that it blocked a "autorun.inf" file from running.. that doesn't mean that your computer is infected with malware or that the "USB stick" is infected with malware.. it just means that a "autorun.inf" file was blocked from running, which, in itself, is nothing to worry about, though you could look into why the "autorun.inf" file is on your "USB stick", to try to determine if it is associated with malware..

i will add that i don't think that it makes any difference whether or not the avira program blocks "autorun.inf" files from running because the issue was already addressed by one of the updates that microsoft put out which prevents "autorun.inf" files from running when they are located on "USB sticks".. here is a link for information about the udpate that microsoft put out:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971029

also, there is an option to completely disable all autoruns on your computer, which is what i do.. here are some articles related to that:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967715

http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/techalerts/TA09-020A.html

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/967940
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