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.