Solved Something installed itself from a memory stick

July 12, 2012 at 10:12:39
Specs: Windows XP
and said I needed to reboot to complete the installation. There was only a WINZIP install package on the memory stick when I plug it in the USB port. It also turned off my antivirus and firewall. I still have not rebooted. Does WINZIP do this? If not, how can I neutralize whatever is waiting to install itself when I reboot?

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July 12, 2012 at 18:38:18
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One thing is to put a folder (folder) on each usb or removable drive you have called autorun.inf

What you have installed was usually ran from a file (file) named autorun.inf. Usually hidden and if you unhide it and read it the cause of the issue will be found. It is usually difficult to fix this after it happens. Might try a bootable antivirus tool or manually find parts from the autorun.inf file either in registry or in startup or both.
Usually it calls some phoney sort of right sounding file. Delete that file in safe mode or with a live cd.

Worse comes to worse reload the OS. Be sure to never run as an admin user. Always use a limited user account even when you need admin. Use runas command to do all tasks.

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July 20, 2012 at 05:54:02
Thanks for your help.

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