Microsoft is warning users to scan their machines for malware following a recent string of system crashes.
The company said that one of the patches included in its February security update is potentially causing a conflict with certain malware infections on Windows XP systems.
The MS 10-015 patch addresses a vulnerability in the Windows kernel, but the infected systems experienced the infamous 'blue screen of death' system crash.
Microsoft is advising users to scan their systems with a trusted, up-to-date anti-virus tool in order to avoid the crash.
The news surfaced on Thursday when the company disclosed reports on its Security Response Center blog of system crashes with the February update. The issue was later traced to the MS 10-015 bulletin and eventually found to be from a malware infection.
"One of the key components when investigating issues like this are obtaining memory dumps from computers experiencing the problem," wrote senior Microsoft security communications manager Jerry Bryant.
"In order to get the information we need to fully analyse the issue, some of our support engineers have actually driven to customer locations and picked up affected systems so we can get the needed crash data directly and help our investigation."
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