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Hi all

Basically i have a fair bit of backup data on an old 80GB portable HDD that i have a feeling is going to give up the ghost soon and i was thinking of moving the data onto a spare drive i have in my main desktop PC; The only issue is the PC i use the portable HDD on is an old laptop that i haven't really kept in check security wise, So i fear plugging it into my desktop PC could possibly unearth a particularly nasty piece of malware i simply haven't noticed before i even attempt to get it all off the drive. I've scanned the data on the drive itself with malwarebytes and nothings come up, But i figure autorun.ini related stuff could've still slipped through.

Interestingly i read somewhere that vista doesn't read autorun.ini's by default in new drives so does this mean in vista it's pretty much safe to access a drive that is potentially "virused" to hell?

thanks for any advice provided.
post #2 of 5
I don't know.

But I do know how to disable Autorun on XP.

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\Cdrom
Create an "AutoRun" DWORD key (if it doesn't exist) and set it to 0.
     
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Disable Autorun in the control panel options.
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Disable Autorun in the control panel options.
Viruses can still bypass that sometimes. (They could in XP and Vista - not sure about Win7)
     
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Viruses require user interaction. If it was a worm, this would be different. The affected files would in turn have to be accessed to initiate said 'virus' that could be on the OP's drive.
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