McAfee Update dat file breaks Windows XP

[tweetmeme source=”franscomputerservices” only_single=false]Broken McAfee DAT update cripples Windows workstations:

McAfee pushed out a virus definition update, 5958, at 06:00 PDT that causes false positive identification of the critical Windows system file svchost.exe. Machines running Windows XP Service Pack 3 using the 5958 definitions will delete the file, causing many key Windows services to fail to start. The Windows file is being mistakenly detected as W32/wecorl.a. Failure to start svchost.exe causes Windows to automatically reboot, hindering repair efforts.

More in the article, including the fix!

Thanks securitybreach and Mr.Anderson for the heads up on this.

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