How often have you seen a file with name Autorun on your USB flash drive? This Autorun file is nothing but a virus that gets transferred to your USB drive when you plugin the drive into a computer that is not protected by Antivirus. Autorun viruses are becoming more and more popular in the modern days and are affecting a fairly high number of USB flash drives. So, when you plugin your flash drive to a computer that is not protected your flash drive would be exposed the Autorun viruses and much more.
With the Protect My Disk software, you can stop Autorun viruses from being transferred to your USB flash drive. It is a simple freeware that helps you protect your USB flash drive against Autorun viruses. The software simply creates a special hidden folder on your USB flash drive that can prevent Windows from copying the Autorun files through virus programs to your USB flash drive. With the Protect My Disk software, you can also protect your hard disk local drives against the Autorun viruses.
There are two methods of protection to choose from. One is the Simple protection method and the second one is the Advanced protection method. The simple protection method will create a hidden folder on your USB flash drive and Hard disk drive that will prevent the virus and Windows to copy an Autorun file. The protection will not affect your USB flash drive files or your hard disk files or even your USB flash drive as a whole. It also deletes the existing Autorun files from your USB drive. You can revert back to the initial state of your drive by clicking on Restore button instead of the Protect button. The Advanced protection method will add some extra precautions to the simple protection method and hence protects the hidden created folder created by simple protection method from being deleted by any other Virus or affected programs. The Advanced protection will automatically convert the Files system on your USB flash drive to NTFS file format without affecting the existing files. For the conversion to take place, you should have at least 10 MB of free space on your USB flash drive. It is also better to take a backup of your USB flash files before opting for the Advanced protection method.
The following section describes a step by step instruction of how to protect your Hard disk drive/ USB flash drive using Protect my disk software.
1) Once you have downloaded and installed the software, the main window of the Protect My Disk program should be displayed on your screens. See the snapshot below for details.
2) Now, select the drive and the type of Protection that you want to apply and click on the Protect button.
3) Once the protection is applied on a particular drive, you will see the message Protected against that particular drive.
4) In case if you want to restore to the original state of your drive, select the drive that you want to restore and click on the Restore button.
Overall, the Protect My Disk is a simple and an effective freeware for protecting your USB flash drives and Hard disk drives against Autorun viruses. The software is easy to install and use and we recommend this software for all users.