Microsoft has made changes in next week's public Windows 7 Release Candidate in an effort to thwart the spread of the Conficker worm.
According to Computerworld, Microsoft has modified AutoRun and AutoPlay to keep malware from silently installing on a victim's PC. Says Arik Cohen, a program manager on the Windows 7 team,
"Windows will no longer display the AutoRun task in the AutoPlay dialog for devices that are not removable optical media (CD/DVD) because there is no way to identify the origin of these entries."
Similar changes are in the works for Windows XP and Windows Vista, but there is no timeline for that tack yet.