"This CD installs w/o your permission a ROOTKIT. For those who don't know what the term means, a rootkit is a type of Trojan that keeps itself, other files, registry keys and network connections hidden from detection. It runs at the lowest level of the machine and typically intercepts common API calls. For example, it can intercept requests to a file manager such as Explorer and cause it to keep certain files hidden from display, even reporting false file counts and sizes to the user. A root kit is also defined as a set of tools used by an intruder after cracking a computer system (your PC is cracked by the trojan included on the CD w/o you even knowing about it once you play it). These tools can help the attacker maintain his or her access to the system and use it for malicious purposes. A rootkit may also include utilities, known as backdoors to help the attacker subsequently access the system more easily. For example, the rootkit may include an application that spawns a shell when the attacker connects to a particular network port on the system. Kernel root kits may provide functionality that allows processes started by a non-privileged user to execute functions normally reserved for the superuser. The only way to remove the trojan is to reinstall windows from scratch. That is really what I was looking for. Thanks Santana !!
Sony has released an updated "full list" of infected CD?s. On their previous so called "full list", only 20 titles showed up, as if they didn?t know how many titles contained the rootkit. Now they list 52. When will they come clean? This Santana CD DOES contain a rootkit. Sony employs different brands of rootkits for their copy protection. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the list, other than the fact that they were all released within the last 6 months. So ALL copy protected Sony titles released since May 2005 contain the EULA that installs the rootkit. I had to reinstall windows all over, and believe me, it was no picnic. If I were you, I would just avoid danger. Why risk it ? "
C. Wilson | SCAPPOOSE, OR USA | 11/10/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What's with the crap that this cd installed on my computer ???????? Keep this up music industry,and you will take a bigger nose dive than you already are. You lied about cd prices dropping,they are not ,and now this crap??? Oh,the cd?? It's a notch below on the singers.. Santana as usual soars.. What a sound he has.."
This CD is Worthless!
Richard Beaubien | Eastbay, California | 11/09/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The copy right police have gone way too far! I have never illegally downloaded or copied any type of media. This CD will not even let you download it to an IPOD or any other MP3 player. I don't even own a CD player. I buy my music and download it to my IPOD. There should be a to the point warning about the paranoia police and the uselessness of this CD! I am the one that has been ripped off here! I will never buy or support any of the artists envolved with this crookery ever again!"
I wanted the love, but not the STD
D. Del Sol | SD | 11/16/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"You'll be surprised when you put this CD in your computer. It does warn you that it's about to install software on your computer, an attempt at copyright protection. When I declined to have it install this, the computer spit out the CD.
A recent article describes how the anti-piracy software opens your computer to hackers. Check it out here: http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2005/11/researcher_sony.html
The music's fine if you can listen to it without installing the software, though it's not Supernatural. I've been a fan of Santana's for years and appreciated his message of harmony, but this anti-piracy riff seems more like an STD than love."
This cd crashed my computer
Benjaman Gifford | San Diego | 11/12/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot begin to convey my anger now that I've learned that it was this LEGALLY PURCHASED cd which caused my computer to crash last week. After spending nearly 5 hours on the phone with Dell India, no one there could figure out what was causing the blue screens every time I tried to start up. They did not know what "aries.sys" (listed on the blue screen) was but pegged it as a newly-released virus. I was told that the only way to fix my system was to do a total reformat. So we spent another 2 hours reloading Windows & drivers etc. I lost half of my iTunes library but at least I won't be wasting another day re-ripping the other half of my cd collection (that wasn't on my iPod) onto my hard drive. Instead I am just going to download all the songs I want (and more) from Kazaa. At least the spyware that Kazaa installs doesn't make your computer un-useable. Great job, Sony. After this fiasco you can be certain that I will never again buy one of your cd's. I hope you get sued into bankruptcy court for installing trojan viruses on a million people's computers, it's exactly what you deserve."