Disabling Autoplay on Windows computers

The Autoplay feature may pose a security risk on computers running Windows operating systems. The feature enables computers to automatically open and run different types of media when they are inserted into the computer. Malware leverage such capabilities by using an autorun.inf to try and install itself on every computer the infected media is attached to. To disable the Autoplay feature on Windows computers follow these steps:

  1. Open Default Programs from Control Panel.
  2. Click Change Autoplay Settings.
  3. Clear the checkbox that says “Use Autoplay for all media and devices” and click Save.