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Black Screens of Whoops!


Windows does get black screens of death, but it doesn’t get them from the November Windows and Office updates that UK security company Prevx blamed recently.

Prevx claimed that the security patches caused a new rash of black screens of death. Microsoft denied that these updates had caused this problem. And, indeed, Microsoft said that, as far as they could tell, there were no new flood of black screen of death problems period.

Guess what? It turns out Microsoft was right. Prevx has publicly apologized to Microsoft and put the blame for the problem on malware. The company also claims that their free repair program will still fix some malware-created black screen of death problems.

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