Last month, in my post “Autorun: good for you?” I described why I believe you should disable Autorun on all computers in your organization. I also explained how you can do this for XP and Vista computers.
Well, it turns out that Windows will override this setting if you insert a USB drive that your computer has already seen. I received an email from Susan Bradley that links to an article on Nick Brown’s blog, “Memory sitck worms.” Nick mentions the MountPoints2 registry key, which keeps track of all USB drives your computer has ever seen. I’ll admit, I didn’t know this existed! I’m glad Nick wrote about it, though.
Nick also includes a little hack that effectively disables all files named “autorun.inf.” Interesting, but something in me prefers to make Windows just plain forget about all the drives it’s seen. So now I will amend my instructions. In addition to what I wrote earlier, you should also write a small script, and execute it through group policy, that deletes the following key:
When I searched for it in my registry, I also found a few others, so maybe you’d want something that would search through the registry and delete them all, although I don’t know if such a tool exists — I’ve never had a need to look for something like that.