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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Elsewhere Online: Microsoft Says Recovery from Malware Becoming Impossible

If I have worked with you recently, you have probably heard me say much the same as this story from eWeek.com.

More and more frequently, Windows PC's infected with malware/spyware/viruses must be completely re-installed from their original system disks in order to insure that no elements from the malware remain on the computer.

My average rebuild time for a Windows machine runs between 3-4 hours, with most of that time spent waiting for software and updates to install.

So, protect your machines today. It will always be cheaper than having to rebuild them. In some cases, the cost to rebuild the PC may outstrip the value of the machine.

Microsoft Says Recovery from Malware Becoming Impossible

Microsoft Says Recovery from Malware Becoming Impossible
By Ryan Naraine - April 4, 2006

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—In a rare discussion about the severity of the Windows malware scourge, a Microsoft security official said businesses should consider investing in an automated process to wipe hard drives and reinstall operating systems as a practical way to recover from malware infestation.

"When you are dealing with rootkits and some advanced spyware programs, the only solution is to rebuild from scratch. In some cases, there really is no way to recover without nuking the systems from orbit," Mike Danseglio, program manager in the Security Solutions group at Microsoft, said in a presentation at the InfoSec World conference here. (Continues)

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