Disable autorun for CD/DVD drives to prevent root-kits to install themselves automatically

If you enter an audio CD or DVD into the CD/DVD drive of your Windows computer, you might install in that moment a root-kit of a copy control program, which prevents you to copy the audio content, or even worse, makes your system unstable and unsecure.

There are two possibilities to prevent Windows from autoplaying the CD/DVD:

  1. Hack in the registry (provided by Microsoft):
    • Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then press ENTER.
    • Locate and click the following registry key:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\ Services\CDRom
    • To disable automatically running CD-ROMs, change the Autorun value to 0 (zero). To enable automatically running CD-ROMs, change the Autorun value to 1.
    • Restart your computer.
  2. Download Tweak UI (also from Microsoft), install and run it. Choose My Computer->AutoPlay->Types. Uncheck “Enable Autoplay …” for CD drives and removeable drives if you wish. Additionally you can choose My Computer->AutoPlay->Drives and uncheck the drives in question (e.g. all 🙂 ).
  3. Reboot (it’s still Windows 🙂 )

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