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    Popular anti virus mistakenly IDs Windows as a threat-causes chaos

    Anyone having computer trouble?

    An antivirus service used by tens of thousands of businesses and millions of home users shut down an untold number of computers around the world after it mistakenly identified core parts of Microsoft Windows as threats, the company confirmed Tuesday.

    Webroot Inc. of Broomfield, Colorado, said it issued an updated detection rule that "identified false positives" for critical Windows operating files Monday afternoon, resulting in those files' being "quarantined" and inaccessible to Windows. Kristin Miller, a spokeswoman for Webroot, said the program incorrectly classified as "bad" a common folder that is often targeted for malware. She said that the false positives were being rolled back and that Webroot users should leave the program on and connected to the internet to get the fix. To make matters worse, Webroot's own systems became "overloaded" by a mammoth backlog of customers' requests to restore affected files from its cloud servers, it said.

    Popular Antivirus Program Mistakenly IDs Windows as a Threat, Creating Chaos - NBC News
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    Yep. Last night, it tried to tell me that Facebook was a dangerous phishing site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Anyone having computer trouble?

    An antivirus service used by tens of thousands of businesses and millions of home users shut down an untold number of computers around the world after it mistakenly identified core parts of Microsoft Windows as threats, the company confirmed Tuesday.

    Webroot Inc. of Broomfield, Colorado, said it issued an updated detection rule that "identified false positives" for critical Windows operating files Monday afternoon, resulting in those files' being "quarantined" and inaccessible to Windows. Kristin Miller, a spokeswoman for Webroot, said the program incorrectly classified as "bad" a common folder that is often targeted for malware. She said that the false positives were being rolled back and that Webroot users should leave the program on and connected to the internet to get the fix. To make matters worse, Webroot's own systems became "overloaded" by a mammoth backlog of customers' requests to restore affected files from its cloud servers, it said.

    Popular Antivirus Program Mistakenly IDs Windows as a Threat, Creating Chaos - NBC News
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    Yep. Last night, it tried to tell me that Facebook was a dangerous phishing site.
    It had that part right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertine View Post
    It had that part right.
    I was going to say...it might have had a point.

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    That's disturbing. I think I used to use Webroot, a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    That's disturbing. I think I used to use Webroot, a few years ago.

    Same here.. I havent used Webroot in years. I recently switched to Avira combined with Malwarebytes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
    Same here.. I havent used Webroot in years. I recently switched to Avira combined with Malwarebytes.
    I have Bitdefender at home, and Kaspersky at work. I usually end up changing every now & then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Anyone having computer trouble?

    An antivirus service used by tens of thousands of businesses and millions of home users shut down an untold number of computers around the world after it mistakenly identified core parts of Microsoft Windows as threats, the company confirmed Tuesday.

    Webroot Inc. of Broomfield, Colorado, said it issued an updated detection rule that "identified false positives" for critical Windows operating files Monday afternoon, resulting in those files' being "quarantined" and inaccessible to Windows. Kristin Miller, a spokeswoman for Webroot, said the program incorrectly classified as "bad" a common folder that is often targeted for malware. She said that the false positives were being rolled back and that Webroot users should leave the program on and connected to the internet to get the fix. To make matters worse, Webroot's own systems became "overloaded" by a mammoth backlog of customers' requests to restore affected files from its cloud servers, it said.

    Popular Antivirus Program Mistakenly IDs Windows as a Threat, Creating Chaos - NBC News


    Well that's gotta be embarrassing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post
    Well that's gotta be embarrassing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    I have Bitdefender at home, and Kaspersky at work. I usually end up changing every now & then.
    Russian company ...higher potential for trouble imo. Plus I don't appreciate how they keep uncovering NATO/allied covert cyber ops but never Russian ones.
    Last edited by Tedminator; 25th April 2017 at 01:33 PM.

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