February 16, 2010

Rootkit may be the cause of XP BSOD’s

Brian Krebs has posted an interesting article in his blog. Turns out that there are indications that the Blue Screen of Death that some folks are experiencing (see my previous post) after applying Last Tuesday’s KB977165 patch. Turns out that several folks who had the problem also, it turns out, were infected with a rootkit. Rootkits are a particularly nasty piece of malware that are very hard to find and eliminate.

If you have seen (or know someone who has), the advice is to scan the system immediately with several malware scanning software packages. It would be best if you could do it from a bootable CD with the scanning software on it….

By the way, Brian’s blog is one I would recommend that any network admin or technically savvy user subscribe to.


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