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DAT 595 – Faulty McAfee Anti-virus update disables computers

By Jordan Hall 22nd April 2010


A recent automated update to McAfee Anti-virus software caused the software to mistaken detect a key Windows system program as malicious and move it out of its proper location to a McAfee anti-virus quarantine. Due to the critical nature of the quarantined system program, 'svchost.com', affected computers failed to start correctly and were sent into a rebooting loop. According to Microsoft, the affected file 'is a generic host process name for ...

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