McAfee Update SNAFU: What Happened

PCWorld: McAfee Virus Update SNAFU: What Happened

The full story isn’t in yet, but PCWorld says there is no question that McAfee simply screwed up. An virus scanner update item that was supposed to block a minor threat wrongly identified a Windows operating system file as being infected.

“Yesterday was a tough day for corporate IT administrators tied to McAfee. In some cases, they faced a full-blown meltdown of their organization’s PCs, as hundreds, in some cases thousands, of Windows XP computers went down after receiving a faulty antivirus update from the security firm.

The whole story’s not clear at this point, but there are some things that we know — and a lot that we don’t — about the latest debacle from a vendor that is supposed to protect, not prang, PCs.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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