Protect your PC from data theft by USB or CD, with “URC Access Modes”

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If you are a business, public venue, or even a normal user concerned with the illegitimate copying or transfer of files or data from your computer(s) via USB or CD, then this program is for you.

‘URC Access Modes’ is a FREE program that will allow you to shut off and password protect USB and CD access on any machine that you have administrator access to.

If you would like your PC to be able to read from USB drives but not write onto them, “URC Access Modes” can do that by setting USB access to read only. It can also switch off RegEdit, preventing any user from going into and editing the registry illegitimately.

How to use:

Usage is simplicity itself. Install the the program and run it as administrator. The options in the main screen (pictured above) are all self explanatory. One thing to keep in mind: remember your password. If you forget it, the only way to recover it may be for you to contact the developer of the program and plead your case.

URC-v2-Screenshot

The verdict:

The program works really well and does exactly what is promised. We booted into safe mode and found that the settings still hold, and the interface is very straightforward.

But the program can be improved. I sent this to someone in a business who really does need to protect access to their computers, and got this feedback: “I think it is a Windows feature for which they made a friendly interface. What would be nice if they had a master password and then separate passwords for the other functions that are either time limited and/or can be changed so you can give someone the flash read-only password for short term access and after that you won’t have to change it again and remember a new password.”

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they will keep on developing it and taking it further. As it is though, a very nice program if you need it.

Did you test this program? Do you know of other programs that provide this function? Let us know in the comments section.

[Update Feb 2, 2013]. This program is more powerful than I originally thought. In an interchange with the developer of this program. He pointed out that most other USB-restricting programs (like this one) can be worked around simply by manually re-enabling USB write access via a registry tweak (or using some 3rd party software). It would require that a user be sophisticated enough to do so, but it is possible. Not so with ‘URC Access Modes’, which will not accept any such workaround, and which can only be reversed by using your password (or re installing Windows).
[Update May 11, 2013]. URC Access Modes is now in version 2

It now includes a larger set of tools: USB Tool  &  CD/DVD Tool, Registry(regedit.exe) Tool, Command Prompt(cmd.exe) Tool, Group Policy Tool(gpedit.msc)  and Task Manager Tool(taskmgr.exe).

  •  USB & CD Tools: can disable USB Mass Storage Devices such as Pen Drives , Hard Disk etc, without disabling peripheral devices such as your USB Mouse, Keyboard, Webcam etc. Protects from data theft and virusus.
  • Registry & Command Prompt Tools: protect from unauthorized code execution via disabling the command prompt and registry. Also the URC ACCESS MODES password is stored in the registry hence disabling it will protect the program from being circumvented.
  • Group Policy & Task Manager Tools: many important system settings are protected since many of these are in the Group Policy. Also important processes cannot be shut down from the task manger.

Get the program from the download page on Freewarefiles. Or visit the program home page. (Now compatible with Windows 8).


 
 
 
  • AJ North

    Be advised: the program’s page receives the maximum warning from Web Of Trust — https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/ahsolutions.cwahi.net?utm_source=addon&utm_content=rw-viewsc .

    • Tony S

      WOT Warning! Wasn’t this apparent upon testing the product and writing its review ? I realize not everyone employs WOT, but it’s a good idea to do so. It’s been around for a few years and is often spot-on. Just a suggestion…

    • AJ North

      One safe download site for “URC Access Modes” is FreewareFiles.com — http://www.freewarefiles.com/URC-Access-Modes_program_83126.html .

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I cannot save this page in Firefox because profiles.js can not be downloaded. PLEASE don’t do this sort of thing, it’s unbelievably irritating.

    • Samer Kurdi

      @ Richard: I have no idea what this means. What is profiles.js?

  • Gonzo
  • Samer Kurdi

    Settle down guys.

    CWAHI.net is a website that offers free hosting for everyone, meaning any Tom, Dick, or Harry can host their site there for free.

    If you read the WOT page you linked to above, WOT DOES NOT actually provide a rating for the site I link to above. It says “This subdomain inherits the reputation of cwahi.net. Leave your rating for a separate reputation.”

    In other words, the low reputation you are all worried about is probably due to disgruntled users of the CWAHI free hosting. Not the site of this programmer who is providing his program for free.

    The program itself that is subject of this review has a squeaky clean VirusTotal profile. http://bit.ly/XJGZO4

    Be that as it may, I will emphasize the Freewarefiles link over the author’s site in the post itself, just so I can move on.

  • Hi Friends,
    I am Developer Of URC Access Modes and website.
    Lets make things clear we are NOT here to review our website we are here to review URC Access Modes.
    Since “CWAHI” provides free hosting so it has low rating by WOT
    So WOT has given warning about “CWAHI” but we are not concerned as Mr Samer said This subdomain inherits the reputation of cwahi.net.
    Relax guys our website and software are 100% clean and safe.
    We have just started our website and products so Support us so that we can move on good hosting sites which has good rating by WOT.
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  • alanspa

    What OS versions does this software support? Both 32 and 64bit?

    • Anonymous

      Yes it supports Windows XP , Vista 7 32 & 64 bits OS

      • Anonymous

        It supports windows xp, vista and 7 both 32bit and 64bit.

  • Ahmed Raza

    What about Win8? 32 and 64 bit? Is it officially supported?

  • AH Solutions

    It also supports Windows 8 (32bit and 64bit).