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dragonman97

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Icon 1 posted May 27, 2007 01:30      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Per the topic...I'm curious if anyone knows of a way to put some kind of file on a USB key to prevent Adobe Photoshop Starter Edition / Photo Downloader (apdproxy.exe) from trying to index my USB key when I insert it. I know that this thing can be disabled, but it's not my computer*, and that would be rude. WCS, I could put some kind of autorun.inf on here that would kill it per session, but that's not terribly nice either.

I have tried using the Google, and haven't been terribly successful. Also, it's 0431, and I probably shouldn't be thinking about this now. Still, I put my key in to use PortableFirefox, and again...it tries to scan my 1 GB key. This makes for a somewhat displeased dragon. [Razz] I think I'll be more pleased when I walk away from the computer, though.

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*If it was my computer, would it really be running Windows? [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted May 27, 2007 10:51      Profile for ScholasticSpastic     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Get another memory stick and keep the porn off the one that goes into other peoples' computers. Problem solved. I understand how you feel: Whenever I insert my thumb in my professor's USB port a series of fish pics pop up to be downloaded. I suspect she's starting to suspect an unnatural attraction to fish...

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Icon 1 posted May 28, 2007 13:04      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Haha...cute, but no - no such issue here. Frankly, it's just annoying - I have much of the PortableApps Suite on here, and so /all/ the images for certain apps show up (Gimp in particular). I seem to recall it was more annoying on my other USB key, as I had a bunch of photography on it, and I don't necessarily care to share my full collection of computer pictures with everyone. [Razz] [Seriously, in an effort to produce some good documentation, I took a photo shoot of USB ports...I have a folder with ~30 pictures of them.]

I guess I'll consider it an unsolvable problem, as Google is sadly useless in this regard - everyone documents how to kill it, but not how to temporarily disable it. Still, I've been using this computer just a little bit, and would like to be able to use it more comfortably. *shrugs*

[Maybe the solution is just to leave a folder on the HD with the portable apps...what a novel idea - but I have a goal of leaving the computer as I found it...I believe in polite computer usage.]

Edit/P.S. The far more perfect solution - I talked to her about it, and found out she never uses it...so it's been uninstalled, and life is good. Best of all, I cleaned up some junk, and the computer runs better than ever. [Big Grin]

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Icon 1 posted May 28, 2007 20:14      Profile for OldMacGeek     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The "best" solutions is TweakUI - an application from Microsoft. With it, you can turn off Autorun for that drive letter.

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Icon 1 posted May 29, 2007 01:53      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I think he wants to leave the computer as it is.


According to Microsoft, autorun requires an autorun.inf file on the media, so I'm assuming that it's something else that says "oh hi there, new media" and scans the media when it's inserted.

Maybe you could just kill the ap that performs the scan when you are using the computer (via task manager, if necessary). When you log out, I think it should start again for whoever logs in next.

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Icon 1 posted May 29, 2007 08:21      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Quoth the wonderful fs
I think he wants to leave the computer as it is.
No sh*t. =P

I know all about TweakUI - great app...I've used it to tweak my work machine to have the bare minimum of crap. OTOH, I'm not going to go reconfigure my girlfriend's machine against her wishes. However, if you'll notice the followup postscript above, I discussed it, found out she didn't use it, nor like it, so she's actually quite pleased that I've done some tidying up of her computer. As with all my clients, I did it with informed consent, asking about any and every startup component that I was going to remove. Unlike my other clients, though, I got a nicer thank you. [Razz]


Maybe you could just kill the ap that performs the scan when you are using the computer (via task manager, if necessary). When you log out, I think it should start again for whoever logs in next.


Yes, that'd be a sensible idea. I'll also keep it in mind for whenever I consider plugging my USB key into other machines - I think I know another person or two with these miserable apps, and I'll keep my eye out for it. Normally, I wouldn't have to think twice about plugging the key in, but sadly, more apps are littering machines these days. There's nothing horribly confidential on my USB keys, but I really don't appreciate having all my files/images indexed upon mount.

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Icon 1 posted May 29, 2007 09:21      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ah, I had missed that. Perhaps I was not yet properly caffeinated. I dig that portable aps link, btw.

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quote:
Originally posted by ScholasticSpastic:
I understand how you feel: Whenever I insert my thumb in my professor's USB port a series of fish pics pop up to be downloaded. I suspect she's starting to suspect an unnatural attraction to fish...

And just what other digits do you shove into your professor's USB port, may I ask? [evil] [devil wand]

dman -- If you know the name of the task that scans for the pics, could you not write a small app that terminates said task and include that on your USB key with an autorun.inf file to launch it? That assumes the autorun will go before the picture scanning happens, of course. If it works, that would free you from manually checking for and disabling the task every time you borrow a computer.

I love it when computers get out of your way and just let you work. Too bad that seems to happen less frequently with each passing day.

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Icon 1 posted May 29, 2007 12:09      Profile for ScholasticSpastic     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
And just what other digits do you shove into your professor's USB port, may I ask?
Hey, you do what you gotta do to get that A.

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Icon 1 posted May 29, 2007 14:06      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ugh: Yes, that thought did occur to me...though it falls under the 'impolite' category, IMHO. I wish there was a magic file one could place on the key that would tell the app to FOAD. [Smile]

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Yes, fairly impolite. Anyone serious about security should have autorun turned off anyway, since it's an excellent infection vector.

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