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How to prevent users from writing to USB drives

USB drives have become the most popular and standard removable storage device to move data to different locations. They come with features like password protection and are compatible with all numerous operating systems and extra storage capacity (up to 65 GB). The main issue with USB drives is the threat of viruses and other malware that are easily spread during the transfer of data from different computers. Today organizations have even the issues of their workers easily writing data onto USB drives using their PCs which may include confidential proprietary data. If you have windows XP with SP2, then you can disable the writing option to USB drives. The following steps will enable you disable the USB writing option: To edit the computer registry, first you should log onto your computer with administrative rights. First click on Start button and type “Regedit” in Run option. Here locate the location to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl Here in right side panel, click right to create a key with the name “StorageDevicePolicies”. Now in left side panel, select “StorageDevicePolicies” key, again right click to create new DWORD value then label it “WriteProtect”. Set its value to “1”. But again enable this option set its values “0”. You are done, now close the registry editor and restart your computer to effect the changes..

Fix for when you double click on a drive it opens to Search.

This solutions fixes the problem where Search or Command Prompt opens when double clicking a folder or drive. Occasionally the Registry entry for File Folders (Directories) gets corrupted. One effect of this can be that Search or a Command Prompt opens when you double click on a folder or drive in Explorer, rather than the folder opening. This VB Script will make the necessary change to the system Registry to correct this. Download the Drive_search_fix.vbs and save this file to your hard drive. Navigate to where you saved it and double click the file. A confirmation dialog will appear when finished. This script can be viewed in Notepad or any text editor, as to the specific Registry key and value that are updated. Here is the link to fix the drive opening to search or command prompt.
By |September 9th, 2009|Featured Articles|0 Comments

Fixing drive errors after a virus attack of autorun.inf

This tool would be of great help to lots of folks. Usually after cleaning your computer with an antivirus at times you can fail to open the Drives, if you try to open them you get that open with dialogue box. If you are of that kind download this tool and run it. It will clean the autorun.inf file of your drives. Download Flash_Disinfector here. Found this article/tool helpful…remember to comment. or link back to this post.
By |September 8th, 2009|Featured Articles|6 Comments