Panda Security has released a new security software program that increases the security of USB flash drives. The portable software program called USB Vaccine offers the means to immunize both the computer system and USB flash drives.
Computer vaccination referring to disabling autorun completely from removable media like USB flash drives or optical drives like CDs or DVD drives. To enable the security of the computer system from programs that are auto-executed if USB flash drives or CDs or DVDs are plugged into the computer drives.
A click on Vaccinate computer button will straightaway disable autorun on the computer system. The USB drive vaccination choice on the other hand will disable autorun from selected USB flash drives. The drives have to be plugged to the computer system before the computer can be protected. Every connected USB flash drive will be enrolled in a pulldown menu. A click on Vaccinate USB button will forbid autorun.inf from being executed from that USB flash drive.
It should be noted that it is not possible to undo the autorun protection of a selected USB flash drive in the computer system using the protection software. Another restriction is that it will only work on USB flash drives that have been formatted with the FAT or FAT32 filing system.
Panda Research USB Vaccine increases the security of a computer system in regards to USB flash drives and other media with autorun capabilities. The security software has been tested under Windows Vista, Windows XP and even Windows 2000.