• Chrome Labeled As Malware by Microsoft Security Essentials

    If Microsoft Security Essentials just picked on your Google Chrome and labeled it as malware (PWS:Win32/Zbot), donít trust it, itís a fluke. Google just released a new, unplanned, minor build for Chrome and Microsoft issued a new set of definitions to correct the problem and apology.

    Those affected by the issue are either unable to launch Chrome or to load new pages. The steps you have to take in this case are pretty simple and start with updating Microsoft Security Essentials signature. Next, you have to reinstall Chrome.

    After all this, the anti-spyware definition for Microsoft Security Essentials should be 1.113.672.0 or higher, and Chromeís version should be 14.0.835.187.

    Some speculate this is a cunning strategy from Microsoft to put at least a temporary halt on Chromeís increasing adoption rate. But letís take it for what it is, a fluke and nothing more.
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    1. bobbintb's Avatar
      bobbintb -
      and thats why i never used MSE. someone putting microsoft in charge of my computer virus protection, just seemed like a bad idea.
    1. sandman_1's Avatar
      sandman_1 -
      bobbintb - Today, 04:38 PMand thats why i never used MSE. someone putting microsoft in charge of my computer virus protection, just seemed like a bad idea.
      LMAO. Let me guess, you go around wearing a tin foil hat?Been using MSE for months and never had an issue with it. I am running that version of Chrome and didn't have it once say it was a virus.
    1. bobbintb's Avatar
      bobbintb -
      Quote Originally Posted by sandman_1 View Post
      bobbintb - Today, 04:38 PMand thats why i never used MSE. someone putting microsoft in charge of my computer virus protection, just seemed like a bad idea.
      LMAO. Let me guess, you go around wearing a tin foil hat?Been using MSE for months and never had an issue with it. I am running that version of Chrome and didn't have it once say it was a virus.
      no, but as an it professional i know there are certain things that Microsoft really sucks at. ive used microsoft security products and antivirus/malware products and they are always a huge disappoint.
    1. sandman_1's Avatar
      sandman_1 -
      I've used Kaspersky, Norton, McAfee, and a few others. Can't really tell a difference between free and paid. To each his own I suppose...
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      Actually MSE was long overdue, why didn't MS provide their own security software for so long? Anyways, a little while after its release, it was highly regarded. It ranked among the top of the legitimately free AV software you could run at the time. I don't know how it fairs nowadays.
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mjmacky View Post
      Actually MSE was long overdue, why didn't MS provide their own security software for so long?
      I was talking to an MS rep a while back and it seem to be something to do with there partnership with Norton if I remember right.
      Not too long ago my pc got hit with some malware or similar that was spamming out from my hotmail account. The strange bit was that I have a hotmail account with firefox and one with chrome but only the email account with chrome was effected
    1. unclemilty74's Avatar
      unclemilty74 -
      [QUOTE=duke0102;3617844]
      Quote Originally Posted by mjmacky View Post
      The strange bit was that I have a hotmail account with firefox and one with chrome but only the email account with chrome was effected
      I didn't think firefox OR Chrome owned hotmail... in case you didn't know it is possible to log in to hotmail from any browser...
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      Quote Originally Posted by duke0102 View Post
      The strange bit was that I have a hotmail account with firefox and one with chrome but only the email account with chrome was effected
      This part confused me too. I'm kind of guessing that you are talking about 2 separate hotmail accounts, leaving yourself logged in on different browsers to manage each? MS owns hotmail.
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mjmacky View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by duke0102 View Post
      The strange bit was that I have a hotmail account with firefox and one with chrome but only the email account with chrome was effected
      This part confused me too. I'm kind of guessing that you are talking about 2 separate hotmail accounts, leaving yourself logged in on different browsers to manage each? MS owns hotmail.
      Yes, 2 separate accounts. Sorry I didn't explain that too well.
    1. Appzalien's Avatar
      Appzalien -
      Well since Chrome is a Google app, and Google is well known for tracking your surfing, I don't see why MSE wouldn't want to warn you that your putting your privacy at risk. I use Google search all the time but I don't use it to search stuff I don't want tracked (ixquick). And for that reason I don't think I want them to have control of my browser too. Besides I tried Chrome and I was very disappointed in its GUI. Those that love it can have it, be my guest.