Microsoft Getting Rid Of USB Autorun

Posted Feb 9, 2011

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is getting rid of the the auto-run feature that exists in previous versions of their operating system. This past week Microsoft pushed an update that would change the way that USB thumb drives respond when being plugged in.

Until now Windows automatically ran the file autorun.inf without prompting users. Unfortunately, the auto-run feature can activate malware too. Microsoft got rid of auto-run in Windows 7, but earlier versions of the Windows operating system had auto-run.

?We feel like now is the right time across the industry to be able to push this change out and have a pretty substantial impact on how malware spreads,? said Microsoft Response Communications group manager Jerry Bryant in an interview. ?This is really something that will help to further protect the ecosystem.?