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USB Flash Drives - How to prevent pre-installed crap from running

Posted on 2012-03-25
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I just bought a USB  flash drive and want to plug it into my pc WITHOUT THE CRAP on the USB flash drive loading.
There's gotta be a way to do this.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Depends on the manufacturer, some simply rely on an autorun.inf which can be deleted, others like U3 drives usually have an uninstaller utility on the product support website which removes the software that creates the virtual host CD.
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by:Burns1978
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you can delete and recreate the partition...
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by:brothertruffle880
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I do NOT want to plug this thing in and have the crap programs installed.

This is a new drive and I just want to have a drive.

What do I need to do in order to plug this thing in right out of the box and have it act like a drive not a "try-buy" crapware gimmick.

There's gotta be some registry settings which allow me to plug this in and NOT have it autorun.
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BobMakarowski earned 500 total points
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Here are several ways to disable autorun.  One of which is performed via a registry modification.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967715
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by:StuWhitby
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Turn on User Access Control, plug the drive in and say "No" when it asks if you want to run.... whatever.
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by:Darr247
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Without knowing the operating system of the windows machine, nor the brand/model of USB key, it's not really possible to suggest a definite solution.

But are you sure you've applied all critical windows updates?
I was under the impression that USB autorun was disabled with update KB971029?
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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What make is the drive?
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by:David
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delete the crap, problem solved.

If this is a sandisk U3 which has a CD partition, then let it fire up the manager, look for the utilities, and you can remove the U3 and reformat it.  takes all of 60 seconds.
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