Friday, September 30, 2011

MSE update detects Chrome as malware

   If you are a Microsoft Security Essentials user and use Chrome you may have been in for a surprise today. Today Microsoft released one of its daily antivirus updates which caused it's line of security products to detect Chrome as PWS:Win32/Zbot. This lead to a seven page thread of wondering what was going on in the Chrome support forum and most likely had some more posts around the net.

  This just goes to show every product has it's bad days, even ones known for having low FPs. If your Chrome is gone it would be a good idea to go into your security settings and un-quarantine all the Chrome files that were detected. If you prefer not to go through all that just update your AV sigs and reinstall Chrome. Reinstalling Chrome may be the better choice due to the possibility of files being broken when they get restored. Now don't go start complaining that Microsoft detected Chrome just yet this is not as big of a FP as some other vendors made, also I have had other security programs delete my install of Chrome before.

 Update: Google has posted a blog post about the issue and how to fix it.

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