Love or hate its nagging prompts, Vista's Account Control feature (UAC) has a security feature that marks it out from any other type of Windows security programme -- it can spot rootkits before they install.
This is one finding buried in a report published in two German computer magazines some months ago after testing by the respected AV-Test.org, which set out to find out how well antivirus programs fared against known rootkits.
The answer was not particularly well at all, either for Windows XP, or Vista-oriented products. Of 30 rootkits thrown at XP anti-malware scanners, none of the seven AV suites found all 30, a similar story to the six web-based scanners assessed. Only four of the 14 specialized anti-rootkit tools managed a perfect score.
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Microsoft originally planned to release Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) on April 29, 2008. All of the necessary preparations were made for the release and the service pack was also hosted on download.windowsupdate.com.
Before April 29th, 2008 there was a last minute bug discovered that caused issues for those who had Microsoft Dymanic RMS installed on their computers. Today, Windows XP SP3 has officially reached the Release to Web (RTW) milestone. SP3 is now available both on Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center.
The final build of SP3 (5512) reportedly includes 1,073 fixes, including every security update, out-of-band release, and hotfix released since Windows XP SP2 was released to Microsoft's servers on August 6th, 2004. The release notes for SP3 have been updated to reflect all updates and changes.
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 started appearing on Windows Update early this morning. Windows XP Service Pack 3 covers all previously released updates. Also included will be some private hotfixes that you could only acquire through special request. There are genuinely new features - not just patches and security updates, but services that could substantially improve system security without overhauling the kernel like with Windows Vista. These new features will not significantly change customers experience with the operating system.
Windows XP SP3 Build 5512 is the final release, also known as the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) build that made it's way to TechNet, MSDN and OEMs. Service Pack 3's size for the English release is 316MB. Other language releases may vary. There are several new features that come with SP3, they are Network Access Protection (NAP), Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module (KMCM) and the hardening of the TCP/IP stack with the new "black hole router" detection.
Warning: Do not install SP3 if you are running Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) on your PC.
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Softpedia has an unclear article title about Windows XP Service Pack 3 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1. While SP3 has been released to those who have a TechNet/MSDN Subscription or are a part of a major OEM, and SP1 has been out for approxmiately a month now, Softpedia is reporting that there is already an issue. While this may be true, it's not as bad as they have raised the hype to be. The issue in question is KB951126 and refers to a multiprocessor computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows XP that stops responding on a black screen after you resume the computer from hibernation.
Sure, looking at this title may lead you to believe you might need this hotfix. But be sure to look fully at the articlle. Specifically this part: The computer has exactly 32 processors. Yes, you're reading that right. To suffer from this issue your computer must have exactly 32 processors. Unless you're running a supercomputer in your basement you really don't have anything to worry about.
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