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FYI: McAfee Antivirus Program Goes Berserk, Reboots PCs

Postby sunnyd » Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:01 pm

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100421/ap_ ... FudGl2aQ--

Computers across the country have gotten stuck rebooting themselves after an antivirus program started identifying a normal Windows file as a virus.

Antivirus vendor McAfee Inc. confirmed that a software update caused its antivirus program to misidentify a harmless file. McAfee has posted a replacement update for download.

Online users say thousands of computers running Windows XP are affected.

That is the whole article.

And another article just in from ars technica:

Broken McAfee DAT Update Cripples Windows Workstations
http://arstechnica.com/business/news/20 ... ations.ars
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Re: FYI: McAfee Antivirus Program Goes Berserk, Reboots PCs

Postby sunnyd » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:55 pm

Massive Manual PC Cleanup Expected After McAfee Error

http://content.usatoday.com/communities ... ee-error/1

News reports and Twitter chatter suggest thousands of Windows PCs in large organizations around the globe were thrown into fits of rebooting yesterday after antivirus giant McAfee distributed a routine update carrying an egregious error.

Now each one of those computers will have to be manually cleaned. Affected organizations can expect to expend a minimum of 30 minutes of manual labor per PC to get each one back into working order, says Steve Shillingford, CEO of tech forensics firm Solera Networks.

"There's no way to automate the process," says Amrit Williams, CTO of security management system company Big Fix. "It will take however long it takes to touch each single machine. The companies affected by this could be dealing with this for days or weeks."

I personally know of a few families that got the Corporate version that this has affected, and also some friends that own their own businesses, they are not pleased.
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