Storage forum

General discussion

"Unblocking" the usb-port on my company laptop for pendrives

by sundar.natarajan / June 1, 2008 5:16 PM PDT

I am using a company provided HP Laptop (Compaq nx 7300) with Windows Vista OS. Recently due to virus attacks, our sysadmin has blocked access to USB-Ports for Pendrives only, I however can continue to use other USB based devices like Mouse, Keyboard etc. I need an utility that can "unblock" this and allow me to use usb-pendrives as usual.

Thanks in advance.


Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: "Unblocking" the usb-port on my company laptop for pendrives
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: "Unblocking" the usb-port on my company laptop for pendrives
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Re: unblocking USB-ports

One of our policies is that we don't give advice on how to override company imposed rules. All I can advise: contact your sysadmin or let your boss do it.


Collapse -
Thanks to all who have replied.
by sundar.natarajan / June 2, 2008 2:19 PM PDT

Good sense seems to prevail and it sounds (looks) foolish for me to try and "unblock" what has been intentionally "blocked" by our sysadmin keeping in mind various security aspects. Will look at other solutions (wine, whiskey, w(v)odka) now...!! Happy


Message was edited by: admin to edit subject line with email address

Collapse -
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 2, 2008 12:47 AM PDT

I find that Beer when given to IT or BOSS unlocks this issue.

Collapse -
Some might prefer WINE or WHISKEY or WODKA.
by Kees Bakker / June 2, 2008 5:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Beer.

Or isn't that allowed in alcohol-scary USA?


Collapse -
by Willy / June 2, 2008 2:42 AM PDT

You're defeating the "locks/safety" required and thus you're hacking and/or attacking the system. If your system ever becomes infected and you place the flashdrive or system to the network, guess what, you've become the source of an infection. Is your job worth that much? As the others explained work with your people and see what they can do for ya.
AND, if you're granted permission, keep it to yourself, as others may want similar privileges and guess what, you're back to square 1 and system(network) can be more easily comprised.

tada -----Willy Happy

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions

CNET Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for great gifts under $100?

Trendy tech gifts don't require a hefty price tag. Choose from these CNET-recommended useful and high-quality gadgets.