Folks at McAfee should be very busy now as a recent DAT update 5958 have caused corporate Windows XP machines worldwide to shut down

The update have been unplugged from McAfee’s servers and a fix is in the works

Folks at McAfee should be very busy now as a recent DAT update 5958 have
caused corporate Windows XP machines worldwide to shut down

The update deletes the svchost.exe file and triggers a
false-positive in McAfee software. The result? A series of restarts and loss of networking capability.

The update have been unplugged from McAfee’s servers
and a fix is in the works, consumers should not be affected.

Folks from Engadget have received a official note from McAfee:

Our initial investigation indicates that the error can result in
moderate to significant performance issues on systems running Windows XP
Service Pack 3.


The faulty update has been removed from McAfee download servers for
corporate users, preventing any further impact on those customers. We
are not aware of significant impact on consumer customers and believe we
have effectively limited such occurrence.

Lets hope the problem will be resolved asap.

Update: Here is a manual fix (yes, you have to go PC by PC) if your corporate machine is affected

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