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Added updated .dat file from McAfee to a keydrive, so it can be moved to c:\program files\common files\mcafee\engine. If machine is stuck in "no taskbar" mode, that is because svchost.exe has already been quarantined. If you right-click on the mini-taskbar, you can open taskmanager, then open a command shell by creating a new task, then typing "cmd" (sans quotes) in the popup prompt. Once you have a command window, you can xcopy the .dat file. Reboot the pc.



Copy the file svchost.exe out of this zip file to a key drive. You can then copy it to c:\windows\system32. Reboot and you should be OK.



If you are on xp sp2 or greater, you should be able to tab-complete paths for your xcopy command. THis means you start typing, then hit the "Tab" key on your keyboard, to help autocomplete the path/filename you are looking for. if you don't have tab, remember to put your path for c:\program files\... in quotes, since windows can't execute a command that has a space in it without them being wrapped in " ".



If you don't know xcopy, here is a fast man page.

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sophiaserpentia
Apr. 21st, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
McAfee started quarantining SVCHOST.EXE? Whoops...
delascabezas
Apr. 21st, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
indeed
quite the debacle - slashdot has more info.
sophiaserpentia
Apr. 21st, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: indeed
Dang. The costs of this could rack up quite a bit -- lost productivity, IT folks having to go to each machine -- yeahhh, not good. Anything on how widespread it actually is?
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