Microsoft blocks, uninstalls Google Chrome

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Bad update flags Chrome as malware.

Microsoft has been hit by 'false positive' hell, as it flags Google's Chrome browser as malware.

According to media reports, complaints began circulating on Friday morning about Chrome being blocked or even uninstalled.

The Register reported that the Chrome executable file for Windows was flagged as a component of the Zeus Trojan, with one reader telling it that while bookmarks and plug-ins were removed, Chrome's beta version was unaffected.

According to h-online, the incident was the result of "a bad patch for Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft Forefront and Microsoft Defender".

Microsoft later said "an incorrect detection" for 'PWS:Win32/Zbot' was affecting Google Chrome and it issued a patch to address the issue.

Microsoft released a statement via the Facebook page for its Malware Protection Center, acknowledging the error. It said: “On 30 September, an incorrect detection for PWS:Win32/Zbot was identified and, as a result, Google Chrome was inadvertently blocked and in some cases removed from customers' PCs.

“We have already fixed the issue – we released an updated signature (1.113.672.0) at 9.57am PDT – but approximately 3,000 customers were impacted. Affected customers should manually update Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) with the latest signatures.

“To do this, simply launch MSE, go to the update tab and click the Update button, and then reinstall Google Chrome. We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused our customers.”

A blog by Google said on Friday that it was releasing an update that will automatically repair Chrome for affected users.

This article originally appeared at scmagazineuk.com

Copyright © SC Magazine, US edition


Microsoft blocks, uninstalls Google Chrome
 
 
 
Top Stories
Westpac interim CIO resigns
Group CIO yet to be appointed.
 
Five emerging technologies that will transform financial services
[Blog post] Far out ideas that aren't far off.
 
Earning the right to innovate
Breaking down the barriers to innovation is a long, but rewarding process, says Bank of Queensland Group CIO, Julie Bale.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Pass on carbon tax savings, warns ACCC
Jul 24, 2014
The ACCC is warning businesses that supply "regulated goods" to pass on any cost savings ...
Have customers that won't pay debts?
Jul 10, 2014
The ACCC and ASIC have updated their advice when it comes to collecting debts.
Carpet cleaner faces court over online testimonials
Jul 4, 2014
The ACCC has initiated proceedings against A Whistle (1979) Pty Ltd, the franchisor of Electrodry...
You can now get 15GB of free online storage using Microsoft OneDrive
Jun 25, 2014
Cloud storage has reached both the capacity and price where it's a viable alternative to local ...
Another clever trick you can perform with Xero
Jun 25, 2014
Here is another way to reach out to particular subsets of your customers using Xero.
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  27%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  28%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  23%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  5%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 911

Vote