Discuss: Autorun and Viruses

Hewlett-packard / Hp pavilion dv5 notebook...
June 24, 2011 at 06:02:24
Specs: Windows 7, 1.9 GHz / 3837 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that virus activity on Windows has shown a significant reduction since Microsoft reworked Autorun. Discuss here if you think Microsoft should have foreseen the potential issues with Autorun, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
June 24, 2011 at 14:40:06
Well, I would have to take Microsoft's word that Autorun was a potential risk. I personally have never used autorun settings. Don't use flash drives much either.

Seems like MS is acting responsibly concerning that risk. Not really MSoft's problem but they are still responding.

You can't cure stupid. Folks want autorun. I would venture to guess that we will be getting queries on why this behavior is happening and what can be done to restore it like before.


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#2
June 24, 2011 at 16:22:25
I am with OtheHill in as much I don't use autorun. Haven't for years. At the moment I am not that adept at virus's and the connection the use of autorun but I have a loose grasp of it. I guess MS taking steps that may help users deal with this issue is a good idea but again like OtheHill stated users will want to use autorun. Heck recent experience has shown me that users are not afraid to go looking for a virus. I am getting at least 4 a month now sometimes the same ones over and over again.

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#3
June 25, 2011 at 01:46:08
There's a fine balance between making a system easy to use (particularly for casual users), making it configurable to users' needs, making it secure, and being over-controlling of what users can do.

Microsoft try hard to satisfy the first two requirements which has, in the past, made the third requirement difficult to meet. I think they are doing just fine now with regular security updates, free malware checking, and now disabling autorun. Linux concentrates on the second and third requirements, which sometimes show when it comes to ease of use; they're working on this but it is leading to slightly reduced security. Apple seem intent to concentrate on the last issue, which helps with the first requirement, but not the second and third; in particular their rather cavalier attitude towards security updates and malware is beginning to show.

It's a tricky balancing act, but they all try to do their best. I guess it depends upon what the users thinks is most important.


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#4
June 25, 2011 at 10:22:23
I guess it would be safe to say I have a tendancy myself to lean more to the ease of use side and less to security. I do take manual precautions though. I do not use torrent sites, don't open email without scanning, don't go trolling porn sites. I am not sure I have ever really had a virus on my main system. Sure I've gotten plenty of malware and the like but that is usually just an mild pain in the backside. Now my brother and my son on the other hand. I would bet my brother has one now. I haven't seen him in a week so it's about time. My son I don't know. We tried making his system really secure and really a task to use but he still gets one from time to time even being behind 2 seperate routers and a software firewall. To be honest I think one of the things that has saved me is the hosts file added from spybot.

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#5
June 25, 2011 at 12:10:22
I never had any good luck with autorun. But that's probably my preference. Just too many other good free progs to use I suppose.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#6
July 28, 2011 at 17:50:20
Autorun was a failure. It should go home.

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