Barney's Blog

Blog archive

Security Software Does the Opposite

Security software, such as antivirus, is supposed to prevent infection and keep our machines up and running -- just like a good tune-up on the family Caravan.

But an antivirus update from McAfee has the opposite effect. It made XP-based machines crash more than XP itself (I've had a million XP machines and it is the NASCAR of operating systems)!

This glitch only impacts VirusScan Enterprise customers and concerns its new virus definition "DAT 5958" which mistakenly believes that a key Windows file is itself a virus (given my XP reboot problems over the years, DAT 5958 may just be right!).

With the Window's driver file disabled, XP goes into a never ending cycle of rebooting (that sounds like my old Amiga 3000).

McFee is building a new virus definition file that should make XP crash at its normal rate.

What is your favorite antivirus tool? Is XP as reckless as I think or I am just a poor administrator of my own PCs? Let 'er rip at [email protected]

Posted by Doug Barney on April 23, 2010 at 11:53 AM


Featured

  • What's Keeping MSPs Up at Night: Competition, Tough Clients and Vendor Costs

    Pandemic-driven business conditions have been a boon for MSPs, but all that growth comes with significant hurdles.

  • Microsoft Security Program for Nonprofits Now Available

    Nonprofits now have access to a new program that provides a suite of real-time monitoring and protection tools from Microsoft and its partners.

  • Windows 10 Version 21H2 Nears Final Release

    The next major feature update to Windows 10 is almost ready for prime time, Microsoft announced this week.

  • The 2021 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From Windows 10X to the next generation of Microsoft's application server products, here are the product milestones coming down the pipeline in 2021.