Beware Sony CDs on your PCs

From a buddy:

There have been some threads about this on Audio Asylum and the Washington Post has an excellent article on this abomination. It's serious; Sony CDs install a poorly written piece of malware on your computer without telling you (the incompetent jackass who seems to have written it, one Ceri Coburn of First4Internet, had to ask for help from a Windows programming email list last year). The DRM malware uses CPU resources all the time even when you're
not playing the Sony CD, and it cloaks itself so deep in Windows that anti - virus software can't find it. Even worse, the trick it uses to hide itself opens up an avenue for viruses to hide from anti - virus tools too. One post
on CNet sums up the issue this way: "Highly invasive software that can corrupt Windows was installed by Sony without the user's knowledge or permission. The software is hidden, extremely low level, and impossible to remove by any malware tools. Normal use of the computer can cause Windows' devices to become inaccessible, forcing the user to reformat and reinstall Windows." Sony's "fix" is merely a patch that uncloaks the DRM code so it shows up in your registry, but doesn't remove the damn thing or fix its defects. And the DRM code blows up the beta test version of the next generation of Windows. Its completely unconscionable for Sony to have done this.
No surprise...Sony has no conscience and never has. If you need proof of that, count up how many artists Sony destroyed (and you will never get to hear) by buying out smaller labels and discarding everyone except the single artist they were after in the first place. In the not-too-distant past, independent music labels and the smaller scale artists they support were endangered species on the brink of extinction thanks, in large part, to Sony. This is why I refuse to support them financially in anything they do. Luckily for us, the internet gained in popularity enough to give smaller labels the cost-efficient exposure they so desperately needed to stay afloat among the mega-corporate rapists. This is just Sony's latest abomination, this time in the 'guise of preventing copyright violation. BS! Incidentally, several firms are considering legal action against them over this issue. It seems that they went too far this time and crossed the legal line.
They have offered a "fix," but here's what one commenter said about the patch:

The update is more than 3.5 megabytes in size, and it appears to contain new versions of almost all the files included in the initial installation of the entire DRM system, as well as creating some new files. In short, they’re not just taking away the rootkit-like function — they’re almost certainly adding things to the system as well. And once again, they’re not disclosing what they’re doing.

There's a good reason to run with a mac. I doubt that it would run on anything but a windows machine. Windows users are subject to way more viruses than mac users are.