Jump to content
NIM

Infected XP owners left unpatched

Recommended Posts

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.

http://www.wincert.net/news/security/2033-infected-xp-owners-left-unpatched-.html

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With some malware, a nuke/reinstall is the only viable option.

I mean really, if you do manage to clean a system, how much would you trust a previously-compromised system with your personal info?

Given the option, I always format/reinstall. It's quicker in the long run.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With some malware, a nuke/reinstall is the only viable option.

I mean really, if you do manage to clean a system, how much would you trust a previously-compromised system with your personal info?

Given the option, I always format/reinstall. It's quicker in the long run.

Absolutely agreed. Whenever someone asks me for an advice on infected PC, I always said that backup/format/reinstall is the safest solution. But for some reason people find fighting the virus less frustrating than a clean install.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, sometimes fighting & winning against malware is very satisfying as well. But when time is money (or you feel lazy), then the "nuke from orbit" option is simply the best.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am right there with you. Every time I work on someones PC I tell them a reformat is the best option. I hate spending several hours installing, scanning, uninstalling security programs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...