Chrome users began reporting the specious detection of the browser early Friday in a quickly growing thread on a Google support forum.
Numerous users complained in Google Forums about the warnings they received in Microsoft Security Essentials, a free, consumer grade anti virus software from Microsoft. According to various reports, WSE identified a problem with Google Chrome web browser and has tagged it as: PWS:Win32/Zbot.
Fortunately, Microsoft became aware of the problem and issued the following statement:
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…but approximately 3,000 customers were impacted.
Microsoft told users to update Security Essentials with the new definition file, then reinstall Chrome.
For its part, Google slapped a red warning banner at the top of its Google support pages that read, “Alert: Google Chrome has been incorrectly marked as malware by Microsoft security software.”
Wow, that’s certainly one way to win the browser war. - Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security
[Thanks, asknobody, Ichan]
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