Windows 10: Webroot antivirus mistakenly flags Windows as malware

  1. Borg 386's Avatar
    Posts : 21,246
    Win 7 32, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 64 Pro, Win 10 64 Education Edition
       25 Apr 2017 #1

    Webroot antivirus mistakenly flags Windows as malware

    Tough day for anyone running Webroot antivirus.

    A malware signature update issued by the company on Monday triggered the software into mistakenly flagging Windows system files as malware, melting down millions of managed systems around the world.
    Many independent tweets confirmed that several major websites, including Bloomberg and Facebook, were also marked as phishing sites, preventing users from accessing their pages.

    Security commentator SwiftOnSecurity tweeted that the Webroot issue was only live for 13 minutes, but the company's efforts to remediate the problem were getting stalled due to the sheer volume of clients requiring a fix.

    The company, which claims to have more than 30 million users, has so far suggested fixes for the Home edition and its Business edition software, but the company has yet to offer anything universal or concrete for its entire affected user base at the time of writing.

    A Webroot spokesperson confirmed the issue and that the company is "in the process of creating a fix," but did not say when it would arrive.
    Webroot antivirus mistakenly flags Windows as malware | ZDNet
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  2. rvbfan's Avatar
    Posts : 8,881
    Windows 10 Home x64 Windows 10 Prox64
       25 Apr 2017 #1

    Doesn't anybody test their software before it goes live anymore?
    Game developers are one of the worst for this, Unless you happen
    to be running the exact same machine as the dev, chances are it's broken.
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  3. Posts : 53
    Windowes 10 Pro 15063.332
       25 Apr 2017 #2

    i'm not so sure windows shouldn't be flagged as malware
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  4. TairikuOkami's Avatar
    Posts : 3,330
    10.5 Home 1803 x64
       25 Apr 2017 #3

    Windows' system files were flagged as malicious, and Facebook was marked as a phishing site.
    Indeed, I fail to see, what is mistaken about this. First thing I do after install, I disable Windows keylogger.
    Disabling "MsCtfMonitor" task will disable any typing in apps like Calc, Edge, Search, Start, Store!
    schtasks /Change /TN "Microsoft\Windows\TextServicesFramework\MsCtfMonitor" /Disable
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