Flawed Kaspersky update hoses machines

By Justin Mann on December 20, 2007, 2:04 PM
Kaspersky is dealing with a fairly large “oops”, after a botched update led to some Windows machines having Explorer.exe quarantined. Every once in a while, a false positive will pop up in anti-spyware or anti-virus suites. Sometimes they end up crippling other software, but in this case it ended up crippling the operating system itself.

The glitch was not widespread, but might lead to concerns over the reliability of the suite. It is the second flaw in a week that led to trouble after an update. Kaspersky is of course saying they will review their testing procedures to find out why the slip-ups have been occurring. That said, if you happen to use the suite and now have a dead system you probably know why.




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canadian said:
Yesterday at work all of the client computers suddenly detected explorer.exe and deleted them. My boss called some high up guy in the BC office, and he basically blamed Windows Update. He said in the last Windows Update they updated some compiler, and killed some Kaspersky updates. He believed that this explorer one is because of a recent update to explorer.exeBtw, this "virus" was called Win32.huhk.c
phantasm66 said:
Anti-virus software is doing my nut in.Firing bloody up every time I start my machine, obsessed with reporting in to the company's website and downloading updates - when I hardly ever see these kinds of threats any more at all.In fact, stop visiting dodgy sites, opening attachments in mail from unknown sources (does anyone do that anyway??), using pirated software, downloading stuff you should not and you get no viruses.Perhaps its a good idea to have these things, but they should be a lot more lightweight, and the companies should put more effort into testing rather than keeping patterns up to date.
PanicX said:
[b]Originally posted by phantasm66:[/b][quote]In fact, stop visiting dodgy sites, opening attachments in mail from unknown sources (does anyone do that anyway??), using pirated software, downloading stuff you should not and you get no viruses.[/quote]Virus's are not the only threat that Antivirus's protect you from. The biggest threat to a seasoned user is worms. Blaster or Nimda ring any bells? Sure, they're not that common, and they need an open security vulnerability to exploit. But rarity doesn't signify obsolescence of antivirus protection.
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