New XP Updates To Refuse Installation On Rootkit Infected Systems

April 18, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Microsoft has announced that new updates for Windows XP users will not install on systems that have been infected with the Alureon rootkit virus.

According to Microsoft sources, the updates will do a scan of a system to make sure the malware hasn’t been installed into the system files. If it has, it will refuse to install the patches.

This is a necessary precaution put in place after it users who had the virus tried to install past updates, and ended up with repeated crashes that made it impossible to use their computers.

“These abnormal conditions on a system could be the result of an infection with a computer virus that modifies some operating system files, which renders the infected computer incompatible with the kernel update,” an official statement from the company read.

Rootkit is one of the latest in a string of malware that burrows deep into system files and monitors Internet traffic. It steals credit card numbers, passwords, user names and marketing data from unsuspecting web surfers.

If you suspect you may have this virus, you can get rid of it using a number of tools, including Panda, McAfee, and Avira software.

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2 Responses to “New XP Updates To Refuse Installation On Rootkit Infected Systems”

  1. Morely Dotes on April 18th, 2010 6:50 pm

    McAfee is the wort possible choice. And “rootkit” is a generic term, not the name of a specific virus; the rootkit that caused the last batch of problems is “Alureon.”

    Most people should use the Malwarebytes anti-malware package to clean up their systems; after cleaning, save your data files elsewhere, and perform a clean install of the operating system to eliminate all trace of viruses.

  2. olivia on April 18th, 2010 7:35 pm

    Dotes – It does mention Alureon in the early part of the article, and then calls it ‘rootkit’ through the rest,.

    I actually prefer Spybot S&D for my own…I haven’t had any problems between that and TeaTimer. I have never tried Malwarebytes.

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