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McAfee antivirus update reboots computers around world

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 05:40 PM

A bad software update from McAfee, the popular antivirus software provider, caused computers around the world to repeatedly reboot today.

McAfee has posted a fix to this problem on its McAfee KnowledgeBase website here.

McAfee said the update posted around 8 a.m. (CST) this morning and caused computers running Windows XP with Microsoft's Service Pack 3 to incorrectly identify a harmless, legitimate Windows file as containing a virus, according to an April 21 Associated Press story.


"McAfee is aware that a number of customers have incurred a false-positive error due to incorrect malware alerts on Wednesday, April 21," a McAfee statement posted on CNet.com said. "The problem occurs with the 5958 virus definition file (DAT) that was released on April 21."


Edited by Union_Thug, 21 April 2010 - 05:56 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 08:38 PM

Discussion and description of fix for it is here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/311599/how-to-restore-svchostexe-for-those-affected-by-the-w32wecorla-mcafee-update/

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