In an effort to avoid potential crashes caused by installing new patches to
computers infected with rootkit malware, Microsoft’s newest update will skip
installation on infected machines.

A new XP patch is being released today, but users infected with the Alureon
rootkit malware will need to look elsewhere for help.

The BBC is reporting that Microsoft’s newest patch will recognize an infected
system and stop installation to avoid a potential crash of the system caused by
rootkit malware. The patch is designed to strengthen the system kernel, which
could help prevent the malware from taking hold, but computers that are already
infected may crash if the update is completely installed.

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