Windows Black Screen of Death is due to a malware attack, claim Microsoft

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Been hit by the annoying Black Screen of Death since the last Windows update? Malware and not Windows itself is to blame, claim Microsoft.

After following up on reports that a dark screen stopped access to the desktop after login on a number of versions of Windows, Microsoft did some investigating. Looking over their recent update and finding no changes made to permissions in the PC registry, Microsoft have come to the conclusion that only malware can be responsible for the problems.

Prevx, a security firm that found a solution for the black screen have echoed Microsoft’s findings. “Having narrowed down a specific trigger for this condition we’ve done quite a bit of testing and re-testing on the recent Windows patches including KB976098 and KB915597 as referred to in our previous blog. Since more specifically narrowing down the cause we have been able to exonerate these patches from being a contributory factor” a Prevx statement said.

With the malware likely having come from a branch of the Daonol bug, some off-the-
shelf anti-virus software should be enough to keep you protected.

Via: Electric Pig

Gerald Lynch

7 comments

  • If you downloaded a pirated copy you can get the black screen of death. I had the same issue. Watch Baseball Online

  • I got a message that my software was pirated and the background was black. Is this related? Copy Games

  • I’m not sure I’m buying this either. Sounds like MS doesn’t want people using pirated software. Clickbank Scam

  • I had never heard of this black screen of death thing before, and I know that a lot of people like to jump aboard and blame Windows for being unsafe, but this just isn’t the case. Even Apple computers get viruses. Point is – a determined thief will find any way to hack a computer’s security. That’s how the search engine virus got started.

  • I had never heard of this black screen of death thing before, and I know that a lot of people like to jump aboard and blame Windows for being unsafe, but this just isn’t the case. Even Apple computers get viruses. Point is – a determined thief will find any way to hack a computer’s security. That’s how the search engine virus got started.

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