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Windows 7: Infected XP owners left unpatched

16 Apr 2010   #1
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 
Infected XP owners left unpatched

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Some of the latest security updates for Windows XP will not be installed on machines infected with a rootkit virus.


A rootkit is sneaky malware that buries itself deep inside the Windows operating system to avoid detection.


Microsoft said it had taken the action because similar updates issued in February made machines infected with the Alureon rootkit crash endlessly.


The latest updates can spot if a system is compromised by the Alureon rootkit and halt installation.
Complete story at BBC News - Infected XP owners left unpatched


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16 Apr 2010   #2
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

In a way, I'm kind of glad ... this is a call for a "wipe and clean" install.

Save pictures and important Documents, then do a clean installation.
If these XP users were able to download and install the patch, they wouldn't be able to get back into their machines in order to save anything.
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16 Apr 2010   #3
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
In a way, I'm kind of glad ... this is a call for a "wipe and clean" install.

Save pictures and important Documents, then do a clean installation.
If these XP users were able to download and install the patch, they wouldn't be able to get back into their machines in order to save anything.
Another reason to upgrade to Windows 7 perhaps?
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16 Apr 2010   #4
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Perhaps ...
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