Panda USB Vaccine

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  1. Victek

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    I'm using Panda USB Vaccine. It works fine, but I can't figure out from what location it auto-starts. Neither Winpatrol nor Msconfig have an entry for it. Does anyone know how it auto-executes? I want to be able to change some of the comandline arguments. TIA
     
  2. Brent Hutto

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    Does it actually start? I thought it just changed some registry settings rather than running actual code to guard the ports...
     
  3. Victek

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    Yes, it runs resident and displays an icon in the taskbar tray for vaccinating USB flash drives.
     
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    Hmmm, I'll check when I get home. Perhaps my computers are not protected.

    Or is having that tray icon available an option? If given a choice I would have opted to disable the ports on my computer per se and not cared to have a tray icon for inoculating individual media.
     
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    It creates a scheduled task that runs at logon.
     
  6. Brent Hutto

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    After poking around Panda's blog I see the source of my confusion. I used an older (pre-June, 2009) version of the USB vaccine. It did not offer the option of running at startup. That's why I did not recognize the concept.
     
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    Can Vaccine be used with NIS 2010 on my W 7 pc?
     
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    Yes...Vaccine isn't an anti-virus, etc so it won't conflict with NIS.
     
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    Yes, I'm using it now on two PCs running Windows 7 (one x86 and the other x64) along side NIS 2010 without problems.
     
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    Thanks both of you for your help.
     
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    I see you already figured it out. Just for clarity, Panda USB Vaccine has 2 modes:

    1- Disable autorun in the computer (this is a simple regkey entry).
    2- Disable autorun.inf in individual USB sticks.

    The second mode of operation can work as a resident tray icon that either prompts or automatically vaccinates a USB drive as soon as it is plugged into the PC. When a USB stick is vaccinated an unreadeable/unwriteable AUTORUN.INF file is created on the root of the USB drive so that malware may not modify it to run automatically. It supports FAT/FAT32 & NTFS.

    The tray icon entry is under schtasks.exe.

    EDIT: It can be run alongside any AV without any conflicts as it is not an AV itself.
     
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