Removable USB devices have become an essential part of our electronic life, since these portable devices have the ability to carry GBs of information in them and therefore prove handy at times. However, the same can also be used to upload malicious code to your computer (intentionally or unintentionally) or extract confidential information. So, the best way to avoid such hassle is prevent users from connecting any USB devices to your system. There appears to be no direct and easy way of doing it in Windows. That said, you can always make use third party USB security software under such circumstances.
In the past, we covered Kashu USB Flash Security, a free utility for password protecting USB keys and other sensitive data stored in it. The utility allowed users to generate a password necessary for accessing the protected data on the USB key. And like it, if you want to prevent users from connecting any USB devices to your system and save your data from any unauthorized access, I suggest you use USB Disabler.
USB Disabler is a small, simple yet powerful program designed to enable or disable USB storage access on your Windows computer.
USB Disabler when enabled, allows a user to carry out any one of the following actions,
- Disabling any USB storage / PenDrive access to his laptop or PC.
- Set Read-Only access to USB storage / Pendrive, which means a user’s personal documents, files, etc. cannot be copied over to any removable storage device by anyone.
- Reset everything back to Normal so that a user’s own USB Storage / Pendrive is functioning as before.
How to use USB Disabler
- Download USB Disabler. It is quite light in weight; only 1MB (zipped) in size. Remember you need to extract its contents first, before you can use it.
- Save the extracted contents to a destination folder.
- when done, double-click on the setup and agree to the licensing terms and conditions
- That’s it! Few clicks and you are done. You will observe a simple Window on your computer screen. The application has a very simple interface. Check out the screen-shot below.
USB Disabler advantages:
- Lightweight & Portable
- Simple interface
- Compatible with Windows Vista/ Windows 7 UAC feature
- Royalty-free for personal or company usage
A Free Security program for Windows
USB Drive Disabler is a program developed by intelliadmin that will allow you to block out all foreign devices from accessing your computer. It has a very simple interface that makes protecting your computer just a click away.
To make things even better, USB Drive Disabler does not need to be installed. It is a portable software that can be used on any PC. Simply run the file and the program’s window will greet you. There are only two options for you to choose from, and that is either to Disable or Enable USB drives from being able to access files on your computer. In simple and easy steps, you can protect your personal folders and any other items on your PC from being copied to foreign portable devices.
- No installation needed
- Portable software
- Easy to understand
- Outdated interface
USB flash drives are excellent for transporting files, but they can also be used to steal sensitive data. Disabling all USB ports is not an effective solution, because it will prevent you from using other devices, like cameras or scanners. With USB Disabler Pro, you can block USB flash drives on your own computer or remote machines, without affecting other devices. The application gives you the possibility of granting or denying access to specific USB sticks, for individual users.
USB Disabler Pro is free to try for a limited period of time. The trial version doesn't have any restricted functions, so you can properly evaluate the application's capabilities. It can be installed in a matter of seconds, on any modern Windows platform.
Once installed, the application will launch automatically and it will ask you to select a user or group of users who have access to USB devices. USB Disabler Pro works silently in the background, but you can bring up its user interface by clicking a system tray icon. If a USB flash drive is plugged in, the application will alert you immediately and it will let you decide to block or allow the device.
If you change your mind about a drive, you can move it from the allowed list to a blocked list or vice-versa, on the application's interface. You can also set USB Disabler Pro to run completely silent, without displaying any warnings and choose to allow USB drives for administrators or block them for all users, including administrators.
The best part is that USB Disabler Pro can "remember" individual USB drives, based on their unique IDs. If you decide to allow or block a specific USB drive, the application will not prompt you for anything when you plug in that device again, at a later date.
You can block specific USB drives for individual users. The application logs each device's unique ID, so you don't have to make any settings for each device more than once.
You can't shut down or uninstall the application through conventional means.
USB Disabler Pro can prevent anyone on your network from stealing important data with USB flash drives.
It is easy to lock a machine down, disable the floppy, and cdrom in the bios. Many times when you try to disable USB - it disables it entirely. This can be a real pain on newer laptops or systems that don't even have a PS2 interface for the mouse or keyboard. This simple program can disable USB memory sticks without interfering with USB based mice, scanners and printers.
USB Drive Disabler is a free software application from the Access Control subcategory, part of the Security & Privacy category. The app is currently available in English and it was last updated on 2011-06-14. The program can be installed on WinXP, WinVista, WinVista x64, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Win2000, WinOther, Windows2000, Windows2003, WinServer, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows Tablet PC Edition 2005, Windows Media Center Edition 2005, Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise x64.
USB Drive Disabler (version 2.0) has a file size of 948.05 KB and is available for download from our website. Just click the green Download button above to start. Until now the program was downloaded 2022 times. We already checked that the download link to be safe, however for your own protection we recommend that you scan the downloaded software with your antivirus.