Video:Explanation of What Autorun Iswith Greg Creech
Autorun kick starts computer programs without the user's command. Autorun can effect how your computer operates, sometimes for better or for worse. Watch this About.com video to understand autorun and how you can manage it through computer settings.See Transcript
Transcript:Explanation of What Autorun Is
Hi I’m Greg Creech and I’m going to be your computer tutor today. We’re filming today for About.com. Today I want to talk about autorun.
How Autorun Affects Your Computer
It’s one of those items that we love to hate in using our computers. That in the middle of something that you want to accomplish, all of a sudden your system slows down to a crawl and it's because something is running in the background. I guess that’s why they call it autorun because something will automatically run.
An example of autorun is when you insert a CD into your computer, it will automatically start playing the music or if you insert a blank CD it will ask you something called autoplay. What do you want to do with that blank CD? Do you want to burn a data CD, do you want to burn a music CD. So autoplay and autorun have different types of working with it. The autorun is a feature that allows applications, programs, devices to run without the user commanding, starting or intervening.
Autorun is Common in Antivirus Software
Autorun is also popular with antivirus packages. So autorun will start your email scans. It will start full system scans and it will start other types of scans that you may not be aware. You certainly want to have autorun with working with the internet so that it can scan your information before a virus gets into your system. So autorun is a terrific kind of functionality of using the computer. However, you want ways of disabling it and controlling autorun rather than having autorun controlling you.
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