Sony's Rootkit Still Causing Problems For Users

from the great-move dept

It's been a little under a year since Sony BMG's infamous rootkit became a big story -- costing Sony a tremendous amount of bad publicity and money in lawsuit settlements and recalls. Turns out that the XCP copy protection they used is still causing problems. Since the rootkit was discovered, plenty of security software products have added it to their list of things to protect against. There's just one problem: some security products from AOL and CA apparently have trouble removing XCP properly -- often causing a computer's CD-ROM drive to stop working. Of course, many users may not use the CD drive right away, and so they won't even know why it stopped working. A patch has now been issued, but it shows how long these types of things continue to cause problems.
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    Sofia, 14 Sep 2006 @ 9:58am

    Vaio notebook

    D.MN SONY....

    I got a VAIO notebook little more than a year ago and it has crashed on me 2x. first in December 2005 and last month... both crashed were the same the notebook just stop working... it would not turn on or anything...
    the first time it was covered by the warranty and now it is not...
    I just can not undestand what is going with SONY.......

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