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[Windows 8] How to disable AutoPlay and AutoRun

Since Windows XP, Windows [1] comes with ‘AutoPlay’ and ‘AutoRun’ features. AutoPlay will show you a popup dialog whenever you insert external media (drive, CD, DVD, etc.) to choose what to do with your inserted media. AutoRun, on the other hand, allows a file on your removable media to automatically run once the media is inserted into your computer. Because the way of these features work, your computer always faces with risk from viruses on your removable media or devices. For example, there may be a virus on a thumb drive, which is set to autorun when plugging the drive into a computer; this virus can easily get onto your system thanks to AutoRun. Therefore, in this article, I will show you how to disable AutoPlay and AutoRun in Windows 8.

HOW TO DISABLE AUTOPLAY and AUTORUN IN WINDOWS 8

With just a few simple clicks, you can easily disable AutoPlay and AutoRun. To disable them, do the following:

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Done!

CONCLUSION

Although these settings reduce exposure to risks on removable devices and media, you should always be careful in inserting or connecting unknown media and devices to your computer — especially CD/DVDs, because they often AutoRun when you double-click the drive in My Computer. Be safe!