Having recently seen interactual install without permission after inserting a DVD into my D drive , ( see my other recent thread) I’ve been experimenting with other, safer, original DVDs that have executable content in an attempt to figure out how to block this behaviour.
(using windows XP)
I’m not having any success though - I’ve set autoplay so that DVDfab launches when a DVD is inserted, and that’s working for regular DVDs.
All other autoplay types are set either to “always ask” or " no nothing" but neither of those prevents some stuff from running.
I’m testing with s DVD that loads an innocuous macromedia splash screen when it is inserted. i.e. there’s an autorun.inf and an openme.exe on the DVD as well as the regulat video_ts folder. with this DVD, DVDfab does not autorun, the macromedia porgram autoruns instead.
So are there any windows XP settings or hacks which will prevent any executables found on a DVD from executing without asking first; or is there anyway to get DVDFAB to grab the dvd first.
I’ve traid lauching fab before inserting the DVD - doesn’t solve the problem though fab then opens it as usual but the other executable still also runs.
So if that executable was something nasty - like interactual with it’s ability to phone home with my personal details + info on what I’m watching - it would have installed already, before I could stop it.
if I put the DVd into my E drive, which has autorun completely disabled in drive properties, the openme.exe still runs!. so it seems that the autroun info in the DVD overrides the PC drive settings.
NB In this test case the aurorun.inf file on the DVD just contains:
& Im happy to fool around trying to block this as it’s a harmless little executable.
So are there any Windows hacks or other programs whcih I could consider, since the autorun options are not helping, or is it a “feature” of windows that can’t be blocked ?
To summarise: I want to be able to insert a DVD that may contain Sony or other peoples malware, & be able to rip it without any programs running from the DVD that operate without asking permission first - doesn’t seem like a lot to ask
is this a reson for upgrading to vista ??? or would it happen there also ?