Privx Offers "Fix" for Black Screen of Death

Discussion in 'Spyware' started by Andy Walker, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Andy Walker

    Andy Walker Guest

    Privx has developed a downloadable patch for the "Black Screen of
    Death" that thousands of Windows users have experienced recently. The
    problem appears to be related to a Windows Defender update (KB915597)
    and a recent cumulative timezone update
    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976098).

    Read the Privx blog for more information:

    http://www.prevx.com/blog.asp
     
    Andy Walker, Dec 1, 2009
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  2. Andy Walker

    Default User Guest

    "Microsoft has finished its investigation into claims that a recently
    released patch is causing a black screen of death and says it's just not
    true. The company's Security Response Center blog says, "We’ve investigated
    these reports and found that our November Security Updates are not making
    changes to the system that these reports say are responsible for these
    issues."

    A Microsoft spokesperson told Microsoft Subnet, "The company has found
    those reports to be inaccurate and our comprehensive investigation has
    shown that none of the recently released updates are related to the
    behavior described in the reports. While we were not contacted by the
    organization who originally made these reports, we have proactively
    contacted them with our findings."

    According to Microsoft, none of the patches in the November Patch Tuesday,
    nor the changes in the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, nor any of
    the non-security related updates pushed out in November make "any changes
    to the permissions in the registry."

    Microsoft Security goes it one better -- saying that the company has not
    received a lot of customer support questions about BSODs and then hints
    that the BSOD might be caused by a virus, such as Daonol. That's a subtle
    slap at the wrist at the company that gained a bit of notoriety by going
    public with its conclusions of a faulty patch, instead of quietly coming to
    Microsoft. The company that reported the bad patch was Prevx, makers of
    anti-malware software. Prevx even went so far as to offer for free its own
    fix for the allegedly faulty patch. Microsoft's hint that a six-month-old
    Trojan may really be to blame comes awfully close to saying that Prevx's
    software can't be trusted to detect such things for its users."
    http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/48668?hpg1=bn
     
    Default User, Dec 2, 2009
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  3. Andy Walker

    siljaline Guest

    Not that I would run anything Prevx claims works (opinion) here's a thread of note >
    <http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r23414750-Prevx-says-MS-Nov-10-patches-causing-BSOD-problems>

    Silj
     
    siljaline, Dec 2, 2009
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  4. Andy Walker

    Andy Walker Guest

    I know one person that has had this problem and gave her the link to
    the Prevx site to try. I'll find out tomorrow if she was able to fix
    the issue.

    I did get a laugh out of the article posted by Default User...

    "Microsoft's hint that a six-month-old Trojan may really be to blame
    comes awfully close to saying that Prevx's software can't be trusted
    to detect such things for its users."
     
    Andy Walker, Dec 2, 2009
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