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 Apr 04, 2006 - 12:20 PM - by Michael
* Infection Equals Reformat

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Eweek has some news from Microsoft, saying that recovering from virus/malware infections may be increasingly harder to do.

Where I work we have a standard "reformat on infection" policy for fear of undetected backdoors coming with your virus, and we're not the only business out there with such a policy.

He cited a recent instance where an unnamed branch of the U.S. government struggled with malware infestations on more than 2,000 client machines. "In that case, it was so severe that trying to recover was meaningless. They did not have an automated process to wipe and rebuild the systems, so it became a burden. They had to design a process real fast," Danseglio added.

Danseglio, who delivered two separate presentations at the conference?one on threats and countermeasures to defend against malware infestations in Windows, and the other on the frightening world on Windows rootkits?said anti-virus software is getting better at detecting and removing the latest threats, but for some sophisticated forms of malware, he conceded that the cleanup process is "just way too hard."

 

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