Norton Antivirus Cripples thousand of PCs

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MISTAKES SYSTEM FILES FOR VIRUSES.TOOK DOWN AROUND 7000 PCs IN CHINA.

A recent update in the “virus definitions” of the world’s leading Security Software, Norton Antivirus, crippled thousand of PCs running Windows XP SP2 in China. The software mistook the two important system files with “Backdoor.Haxdoor” Virus. The two files affected were “netapi32.dll” and “lsasrv.dll” , according to Sohu News.End Result:Windows XP will no longet boot up,not even in Safe Mode. Symantec Corporation, the makers of Norton Antivirus, released a patch to fix the system if it has not been restarted. But if the windows was restarted, the only option is to use Recovery Console ( See our “Tips when Windows Xp won’t boot” to see some good examples). However, since piracy of Windows XP is common in China, some users may not have access to the Windows XP CDs.

Other Security softwares have gone through similar situations.In march, Windows Live OneCare deleted some of the outlook files. Two Years back,Trend Micro’s antivirus slowed down many PCs resulting a direct loss of $8.2 million to the company.

[Submitted By Reshadat]

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