Microsoft anti-spyware labels Symantec as Malware

By Derek Sooman on February 14, 2006, 3:09 PM
You might see some serious inter-corporate face slapping over this one: a recent update to Microsoft anti-spyware led to two versions of Symantec's anti-virus software being wrongly labelled as Trojan horse malware! Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition and Symantec Client Security packages were mistakenly identified by Windows AntiSpyware beta 1 as the Bancos-A Trojan, a password stealing malware.

Symantec is working with affected customers, the number of which is expected to be small, because the mislabeling error only happens when a combination of enterprise software and consumer test software are used together. Users of Symantec's consumer security products were not affected by the issue, which was in any case limited to Windows AntiSpyware beta 1 and not its later Windows Defender beta 2 product.

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exscind said:
Oh man this is gold. I wonder how much of an "accident" this is. Microsoft's anti-spyware has been nothing but hassle to me. Anything bad that's detectable, Adaware and Spybot take care of it. Microsoft likes to skim by products that the former two discovered, while bringing up programs that I know are not malwares. All in all, I think Microsoft needs much more work before it can ever hope of competing with the other free anti-spywares out on the Internet.
67gtv said:
Am I glad I stumbled across this article! Count me as one of the 'few' affected customers. MSAS (or MWAS) automatically removed the Bancos-A trojan from three of our PCs. Now I'm faced with the daunting task of manually removing SAV. To my boss, "I told you so."
DragonMaster said:
Hehehe, M$ anti-spyware is now also M$ anti-crapware?
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