Microsoft to remove Sony BMG malware

“Microsoft said it would remove controversial copy-protection software that CDs from music publisher Sony BMG install on personal computers, deeming it a security risk to PCs running on Windows,” Lucas van Grinsven reports for Reuters. “The XCP program, developed by First4Internet in Britain and used on music CDs by Sony BMG to restrict copying and sharing, has generated concern amongst computer users, because it acts like virus software and hides deep inside a computer where it leaves the backdoor open for other viruses.”

“‘We have analyzed this software and have determined that in order to help protect our customers, we will add a detection and removal signature for the rootkit component of the XCP software to the Windows AntiSpyware beta, which is currently used by millions of users,’ Jason Garms, group program manager of the Anti-Malware Technology Team, said on Microsoft’s Technet blog. (http://blogs.technet.com/antimalware/archive/2005/11/12/414299. aspx) ‘Detection and removal of this rootkit component will also appear in Windows Defender when its first public beta is available. We also plan to include this signature in the December monthly update to the Malicious Software Removal Tool,’ Garms added,” van Grinsven reports.

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Windows Defender. That one still cracks us up. LOL

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  1. “‘We have analyzed this software and have determined that in order to help protect our customers . . . “

    – Jason Garms, Microsoft

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    “‘We have analyzed this software and have determined that in order to help protect our customers . . .

    . . . we should probably just shut down Windows and give up. I mean, if something like this can cause so many %#$*(#@! problems, what the hell’s the point? Really. Let’s just take a break. Screw it. We admit it. Windows sucks. Sony’s a distant second.”

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