Disabling AutoPlay and Autorun

In very recent news you have likely heard of someone putting infected USB drives into mailboxes, although this is happening in Australia it is still incredibly relevant no matter where in the world you may be. It is always in good practice to never, and I mean never, plug in a random USB thumb drive you might have found out in the wild. This is one of the tried and true methods that gets malware installed on your computer because of a built-in “feature” of Windows called AutoPlay in addition to AutoRun, and also because most people will think one of two things:

  1. Oh, free thumb drive!
  2. Oh, someone might have lost this, let me see if their name or contact information is on it!

The best course of action is to just throw them away. But, in the off chance that you do put a USB thumb drive in your computer, you better hope that AutoPlay and Autorun is disabled. That is what I’m going to show you how to configure today on standalone workstations and on a domain with Group Policy.

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