Noob Question

Discussion in 'malware problems & news' started by Paaniic, Sep 22, 2009.

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  1. Paaniic

    Paaniic Registered Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    The initial download of an infected file is not what infects your computer, it is the opening of it? Say you download an infected zip file and don't open it, it won't infect your computer? And say if you pop in an unknown CD into your CD-drive will the malicious content in it start to run or will you have to execute the files in the CDs first? o_O
    Can I say the same thing with USB drives?
  2. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

    Jul 22, 2006
    You need to turn off the AutoRun feature in Windows to prevent files on the CD/DVD or USB drives from automatically running. Panda makes a utility which allows you to easily turn off and on the Windows AutoRun feature.
  3. kriebly

    kriebly Registered Member

    Dec 22, 2008
    Northern California
    I recommend just turning autorun off on all removable media:

    It isn't needed, and it's one of the common methods of worm/virus infection. (Conficker B, which made the news earlier in the year, spread itself in this manner.)
  4. rice4lunch

    rice4lunch Registered Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    I believe you can also hold down the shift key before putting in the cd/usb to disable autorun.
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