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Windows 7: Microsoft AV nukes Chrome browser (from The Reg)


30 Sep 2011   #1

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Several flavors of Linux
 
 
Microsoft AV nukes Chrome browser (from The Reg)

Just in on The Register:

"Users of Google's Chrome browser are in an uproar after antivirus software from Microsoft classified it as virulent piece of malware that should be deleted immediately.

On Friday, a faulty signature update for both Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Forefront incorrectly detected the Chrome executable file for Windows as a component of the notorious ZeuS trojan. ZeuS is one of the better-known pieces of malware used to steal victims' bank account credentials. The false positive left huge numbers of Chrome users without bookmarks and browser plugins they rely on to access commonly used webpages and services.

...According to other people participating in the Chrome support forum, the false positive is causing plenty of teeth-gnashing in IT departments."


Pandemonium as Microsoft AV nukes Chrome browser • The Register


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GEWB


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30 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

The definitions have been updated since initial reports of MSE removing Chrome.

Update posted on the Microsoft Malware Protection Center Encyclopedia entry page, Encyclopedia entry: PWS:Win32/Zbot

Quote:
On September 30th, 2011, an incorrect detection for PWS:Win32/Zbot was identified. On September 30th, 2011, Microsoft released an update that addresses the issue. Signature versions 1.113.672.0 and higher include this update.

PWS:Win32/Zbot is a password-stealing trojan that monitors for visits to certain Web sites. It allows limited backdoor access and control and may terminate certain security-related processes.
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30 Sep 2011   #3

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
The definitions have been updated since initial reports of MSE removing Chrome.
Indeed:

"A Google employee notes that Microsoft has now pushed another update to resolve the issue."

Regards,
GEWB
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30 Sep 2011   #4

7 ultimate x64
 
 

I bet Steve Ballmer called Larry Page and asked him a simple question "PROBLEM? "
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30 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I knew someone who took a debugging class. The instructor, as a joke, had an old machine running on a back bench 24/7. There was a constant stream of these long gibberish strings scrolling up the screen. When a student asked, as one always did in each class, what was up with the machine, the instructor answered: "I'm generating GUIDs. I'm going to use them all up so MS won't have any."

That's the poiint it's getting to with av. There are so many malwares generated that eventually every executable program will randomly match some signature and be tagged as malware. All the "safe" signatures are being used up!!
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05 Oct 2011   #6

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Count me as one of the unfortunate victims....Luckily for me even though MSE cleaned Chrome it did not disable it, only removed the desktop icon and replaced it with a default MS icon.

As long as you did NOT delete your browsing history a simple reinstall of Chrome and in minutes everything was perfect again.

You just can't expect perfection from computers, as long as humans program them and write malware there will be some issues, the amazing thing is considering the complexity it is amazing how for the most part they are pretty darn reliable.
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05 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

One way to side step Chrome install hassles is to use Chromium snap shots:
Index of /f/chromium/snapshots/Win_Webkit_Latest

Use the Win32 zip file instead of the installer. Just unzip to an empty folder not under Program Files. After running it will make a Chromium folder in AppData\Local. Whenever you update just save a copy of that folder and the folder that contains the current Chromium build. If the new snap shot is a dud, just copy those 2 folders back and you're right back in your old version with all bookmarks, cookies, settings etc..

They've been pretty solid in the last few months. The most common bug seems to be loss of bookmark favicons. A manual run of BookMark Sentry should fix that though.

I try to pick a snap shot from the bottom of the page, but with a small changelog.xml file. The fewer issues the better.
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