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Microsoft will remove Sony DRM Rootkit

Anti-Malware Engineering Team : Sony DRM Rootkit

“..We have analyzed this software, and have determined that in order to help protect our customers we will add a detection and removal signature for the rootkit component of the XCP software to the Windows AntiSpyware beta, which is currently used by millions of users. This signature will be available to current beta users through the normal Windows AntiSpyware beta signature update process, which has been providing weekly signature updates for almost a year now. Detection and removal of this rootkit component will also appear in Windows Defender when its first public beta is available. We also plan to include this signature in the December monthly update to the Malicious Software Removal Tool. It will also be included in the signature set for the online scanner on Windows Live Safety Center..”

Thank you, Microsoft. The sooner, the better.

Sony DRM Troj/RKProc-Fam and Troj/Stinx disinfection instructions

Sophos: Troj/RKProc-Fam and Troj/Stinx disinfection instructions

Troj/RKProc-Fam and Troj/Stinx disinfection instructions

Resolve is the name for a set of small, downloadable Sophos utilities designed to remove and undo the changes made by certain viruses, Trojans and worms. They terminate any virus processes and reset any registry keys that the virus changed. Existing infections can be cleaned up quickly and easily, both on individual workstations and over networks with large numbers of computers.

This version of the tool detects and disables the Sony DRM cloaking copy protection technology (which Sophos refers to as Troj/RKProc-Fam). It also detects and disables other Trojans, including Troj/Stinx variants, which are stealthed by Troj/RKProc-Fam. “..

Sony “Rootkit” and DRM “Removal”

UPDATE- Link to download removal tool is at

Sony BMG and First 4 Internet have just released an update that will completely
remove the rootkit based DRM content protection software and replace it with a
non-rootkit DRM technology that is compatible with all current security
protocols. To ensure the security of your system, please visit their software
update website to obtain and install Service Pack 2 at:

If after this update, you still wish to uninstall our software, please visit the
form below using the computer where the software is currently installed and you
will be emailed an uninstall link within 1 business day (M-F).

TIP: Our uninstall request form will require a small ActiveX plug-in
        (from First 4 Internet). Be sure to also temporarily turn off any
        pop-up blocker software. Although a non-ActiveX process is in
        development, currently, our online process is the only option.
        Should you prefer to wait for the next uninstallation version,
        one is due to be released later this month at:

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