Rootkit causes Windows XP systems to crash

LSS-NEWS-2010-003After installing Microsoft's February security updates, Windows XP operation system users discovered BSOD (eng. blue-screen-of-death) error which made their computers unusable.

Microsoft stopped shipping MS10-015 update (linked to the issue) and their spokesman claims that malicious software can cause the behavior of computers. Patrick Barnes, Windows XP system user, said that he’d traced the issue to a nonworking file “atapi.sys” that turned out to be malicious rootkit program  TDSS. A rootkit is a software system that consists of one or more programs designed to obscure the fact that a system has been compromised. Microsoft posted standalone utility that removes the TDSS infection. However, it is not the only problem because any driver that references the updated kernel bits incorrectly can also cause this blue screen. Detailed information users could find on Yahoo!.News web site.


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