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Panda USB Vaccine


Panda USB Vaccine is a free solution designed to protect against autorun threat. It offers a double layer of preventive protection, allowing users to disable the AutoRun feature on computers as well as on USB drives and portable other devices.

Actually Microsoft Windows Operating Systems use the AUTORUN.INF file from removable drives in order to know which actions to perform when a new external storage device, such as a USB drive or CD/DVD, is inserted into the PC. The AUTORUN.INF file is a configuration file that is normally located in the root directory of removable media and contains, among other things, a reference to the icon that will be shown associated to the removable drive or volume, a description of its content and also the possibility to define a program which should be executed automatically when the unit is mounted.

Now the problem is that this feature, is widely used by malware authors to spread the infection as soon as a new drive is inserted in a computer. The malware achieves this by copying a malicious executable in the drive and modifying the AUTORUN.INF file so that Windows opens the malicious file silently as soon as the drive is mounted. The most recent examples of this are the W32/Sality, W32/Virut, W32/Almanahe and also the W32/Conficker worm which, spreads via USB drives, in addition to that they can also spread via a vulnerability and network shares also.

In my previous article i have mentioned how we can block the execution of AutoRun.INF through registry modification. But having Panda USB Vaccine will definitely add a layer of protection and will offer a high degree of protection against infections from removable drives and devices.

The free Panda USB Vaccine allows users to vaccinate their PCs in order to disable AutoRun completely so that no program from any USB/CD/DVD drive (regardless of whether they have been previously vaccinated or not) can auto-execute. This is a really helpful feature as there is no user friendly and easy way of completely disabling AutoRun on a Windows PC.

Panda USB Vaccine is a 100% free utility and can be downloaded from Here

You can also visit  http://www.pandasecurity.com for more information on that.

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