Autorun vs Autoplay


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I just switched security software - form Kaspersky Internet Security to BitDefender Total Security - and see in its "vulnerability scan" results that I have Autorun enabled. Does Autorun still exist? I thought Autoplay was the only Autorun-ish sort of thing left, and I have Autoplay disabled. If Autorun still exists I definitely want to disable it, but I can't find any recent reference to it. (If Autorun doesn't exist I'll start worrying about BitDefender.)
 

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I just switched security software - form Kaspersky Internet Security to BitDefender Total Security - and see in its "vulnerability scan" results that I have Autorun enabled. Does Autorun still exist? I thought Autoplay was the only Autorun-ish sort of thing left, and I have Autoplay disabled. If Autorun still exists I definitely want to disable it, but I can't find any recent reference to it. (If Autorun doesn't exist I'll start worrying about BitDefender.)


I've been running Bitedefender Internet Security since 2013.
I highly recommend just disabling Vulnerability scan altogether. I've found it breaks a lot of otherwise harmless programs. Especially older programs. And is constantly going online looking for updates for programs, even when they should be left alone.
 
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Autorun is from the old Windows 95 days when we would launch a program or a game directly from a floppy or cd.
Autoplay is where audio or video automatically plays when a cd/dvd is inserted.

To disable autorun open control panel>autoplay>scroll to the bottom>software and games>select 'take no action' or 'ask me every time'
 

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Judging by the title of the thread - Autoplay presumably means just play media whenever a media device is recognised whereas autorun means run an .exe or.msi file (those are the most common) which means run the application - often an install or update.- when a device is inserted into the computer with the .exe file etc on it.

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I thought Autoplay was the only Autorun-ish sort of thing left, and I have Autoplay disabled.

You are sort-of-correct. With the advent of Windows 7, AutoRun was limited to working only with optical disks [CDs & DVDs].

Windows 7 Help said this:-
Windows 7 Help said:
What's the difference between AutoPlay and autorun?
AutoPlay
AutoPlay is a Windows feature that lets you choose which program to use to start different kinds of media, such as music CDs, or CDs and DVDs containing photos. For example, if you have more than one media player installed on your computer, AutoPlay will ask which media player you want to use when you try to play a music CD for the first time. You can change AutoPlay settings for each media type.
Autorun
Autorun is a technology used to automatically start programs or enhanced content (such as video content on a music CD) when you insert a CD or another media type into your computer. This is different from AutoPlay, but the result is often the same: when inserted, the CD starts automatically by using a particular program. Autorun is incorporated into the media types that use it, and you can't modify it.
When you try to play a CD or another media type that uses autorun, AutoPlay asks you to choose an action to perform (for example, to play the autorun content or to skip it).

The whole thing was gone into in great detail in an article by Steven Sinofsky in the series of MS blogs - Engineering Windows 7 but they are no longer available online. I've attached an extract of the relevant pages.
In case anybody wants to search web archives, this was the last working version of the link that I kept - Engineering Windows 7 - Improvements to AutoPlay - MSDN blog
The most accurate references to & discussion of this section of the Engineering Windows 7 blog are by SamLogic​
Searching for further corroboration online is difficult because many articles that purport to be about AutoRun are actually about AutoPlay. Even the MSDocs website only contains articles about AutoRun in WinXP, Vista & Server 2008.


Summary: You do not have to do anything or worry about anything.


All the best,
Denis
 

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To disable autorun open control panel>autoplay>scroll to the bottom>software and games>select 'take no action' or 'ask me every time'
Ah! I had turned Autoplay off in Settings but hadn't looked in the Control Panel. I've now set everything to "Take no action" in the Control Panel.

I've been running Bitedefender Internet Security since 2013.
I highly recommend just disabling Vulnerability scan altogether. I've found it breaks a lot of otherwise harmless programs. Especially older programs. And is constantly going online looking for updates for programs, even when they should be left alone.
I'm glad to hear there's a way to do that. There must be a lot of settings that I haven't found. The Settings tab certainly doesn't hold much.
 

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Ah! I had turned Autoplay off in Settings but hadn't looked in the Control Panel. I've now set everything to "Take no action" in the Control Panel.


I'm glad to hear there's a way to do that. There must be a lot of settings that I haven't found. The Settings tab certainly doesn't hold much.


On my version... there's 7 modules under Protection, and another 6 under Privacy.
I only run the AV, Firewall and Threat Defense.
I turn all the other stuff off.
Each module has it's own settings, also.
They have 24/7 tech support (free). You can call them and they will walk you through it, if you want.

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