Millions of PCs incapacitated by Symantec

By jobeard
May 21, 2007
  1. Millions of Chinese PCs running Symantec Corp. antivirus software have been
    incapacitated by a faulty virus signature distributed last week, government media reported Sunday.

    two files -- netapi32.dll and lsasrv.dll -- were falsely quarantined, which in turn crippled
    Windows. If an affected PC was rebooted, Windows failed on start-up and showed only a blue screen.

    The gory details are found at
  2. momok

    momok TS Rookie Posts: 2,265

    lol. I'm just glad I'm using freeware and not that Symantec Crap.
    Just wondering if they would have to pay compensation to businesses...

    Momok =)
  3. Stacey

    Stacey TS Rookie Posts: 146

    Glad I'm not using Norton anymore.
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    I haven't installed a Symantec product on my machine in donkey's years.
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    The most *****ic part is people actually use their products and recommend them to others!
  6. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    All I can do is laugh :D !
  7. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Its to bad the general public trust them with the important task of safe guarding their PC.
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    I would expect the Chinese to switch from Symantec in droves. If not, why not? If any antivirus program did that to me regardless of the brand, I wouldn't give them a second chance anytime soon.
  9. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Lawl, now, thats classic.

    Haven't used Norton myself for a long long time....
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I feel sorry for all the folks who`s computers have been crashed by Symantec/Norton crapware. This is just another reason not to install that substandard, resource hogging, computer crashing crap.

    Regards Howard :)
  11. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Most likely they use them because they come preinstalled with a new computer.
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I didn't mean the ones who use them because it's pre-installed. I mean the ones who actually install it manually and tell other people to do so as well. I've met quite a few of those. :)
  13. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    Fortunately, I quit using the Norton Antivirus and Firewall since they are memory - and resource - hogging my system.

    I only use the Systemworks on my win98SE on my computer.

    Thank god for NOD32.
  14. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    Same here.
  15. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    Same here, I use good ole' JerkAfee. It is the best I've used an it was free.
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