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    Hi all,

    Panda has an interesting free offering called USB Vaccine. You can check it out on this Lifehacker article, and here on the Panda Research Blog page, which includes a download link.

    Note that if you use Windows 7, there is already protection in place to prevent infection from USB thumb drives, but anyone using Vista, XP, and Windows 2000 can benefit from the program. Plus, if you apply it to a computer, it is reversible. Once applied to a USB thumb drive, it is permanent on that drive.

    I have vaccinated one USB thumb drive with it to evaluate the product. So far it is functioning without any negative issues.
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    Good day to you, Gerald.

    >>> Once applied to a USB thumb drive, it is permanent on that drive.

    Even if you format it ? The vacine is permanent ???

    Jean.

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    I just turn off auto run on all devices and scan anything new. Much better to rely on yourself than some software that may no longer be installed.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean Parrot View Post
    Good day to you, Gerald.

    >>> Once applied to a USB thumb drive, it is permanent on that drive.

    Even if you format it ? The vacine is permanent ???

    Jean.
    Hi Jean,

    I believe permanent means there is no way to reverse the setting within the Panda software itself.
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    Speaking of permanent... Somehow I turned off autorun and autoplay so effectively at some time in the past that I can no longer install software from a CD. After 30 fruitless minutes in security policy and the registry, I gave up and copied the CD to my C drive so I could install the software.

    Edit: Turns out it was not related to AutoRun/AutoPlay. See below if curious.

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    Surely you just navigate to the CD and run setup.exe?

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by P T View Post
    Surely you just navigate to the CD and run setup.exe?
    Surely I tried that (d:\setup.exe and d:\Adobe Photoshop Elements 9\setup.exe), but it was blocked.

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    It was a rhetorical question.
    What is the blocking mechanism? Is it the Panda thing?

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by jscher2000 View Post
    Speaking of permanent... Somehow I turned off autorun and autoplay so effectively at some time in the past that I can no longer install software from a CD. After 30 fruitless minutes in security policy and the registry, I gave up and copied the CD to my C drive so I could install the software.
    In XP - Autoplay can be enabled/disabled here ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by P T View Post
    What is the blocking mechanism? Is it the Panda thing?
    No, I just figured it out: it was a restriction against executing files from removable drives as described in post #851232. How soon we forget!

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    Hi Tim,

    Group Policy can turn off Autoplay if one has XP Pro, but a lot of folks still use XP Home, and the only other viable way to turn off Autoplay for them is to download and run a registry fix. For many, the Panda software would be an easier way to go, and it makes it easy to switch it back on as well (if used on the computer, not the USB thumb drive).
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    Hi Jeff,

    That software restriction policy is a good thing to know about.
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