Disabling your computer’s USB drives can help keep your files safe, and the process is easier than you might think. There are many methods you can choose from, and if this one didn’t work for you you can always try another one.
Enable / Disable USB port using Registry
If you want to try disabling a USB drive using the registry, type “run” in the search box. When it appears, type
regedit and the registry editor will appear. Find and double-click the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” option.
A few options down you will see the option “SYSTEM”. Click that option, followed by the “CurrentControlSet” option.
The next folder you need to select is “Services folder -> USBTOR.” To find the USBTOR option, you’ll need to pass a few folders as they are all in alphabetical order. Click the Start option at the bottom and a new window will appear.
The value data, by default, will be set to “3.” To disable theUSBport, you need to change it to “4.” Click OK. To (re) turn on theUSBport, just change the value data to “3” and theUSBportwill work normally.
Use Device Manager to Disable USB Ports
Disabling the USB port through Device Manager is also pretty straightforward. Right click on the Start menu and click “Device Manager.” When the window appears, click the Universal Serial Bus controller. (It’s the last option in the list.) You can also choose the uninstall option for the USB port, and when someone inserts a USB, Windows won’t be able to find it.
Turn off the USB port using the Group Policy Editor
To turn offUSBstorageusing Group Policy Editor You will open “Run”. Once opened, enter
gpedit.msc. In the left pane, click “Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Removable Storage Access”.
When you click “Removable Storage Access”, new options will appear in the right pane. Find and click on the options that say “RemovableDisks: Deny execute access”, “RemovableDisks: Deny read access” and “RemovableDisks: Deny write access”.
Click on each of them to configure them. After clicking on one, a window with the name of the option will appear. On the left side will be three options: Not Configured (not configured), Enabled (enabled), and Disabled (disabled).
Click “Enabled” to disable this feature. If you’ve ever changed your mind and had to re-enable something, select the “Not Configured” or “Disabled” option.
The reason why you might want to disable theUSBportmight be different. It’s important that you keep yourdatasafe, even if that means turning off theUSBconnection. Which method do you think you would try first? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.