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December 2, 2009

Microsoft says black screen of death is malware

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by Darren Allan

Yesterday we reported on an issue that affected Windows, bringing up a blank black screen of death when a user logged on.

A Microsoft security update was suspected of causing the glitch, a rumour the company said it was looking into.

After a review of all last month’s Windows updates, Microsoft has said that none of them make any changes to permissions in the registry, which was thought to be the reason for the black screen.

Microsoft couldn’t specify what has caused the problem, but theorised the issue is a malware based one.

Perhaps we can look forward to more different coloured screens of death in the future, not just blue and black.

A red screen of death which aptly reflects the rage caused by an operating system lock-up? Or perhaps a nice green screen of death, an environmentally sound power saving crash…

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