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02 October 2011, 12:44

Chrome updates to repair Microsoft false alarm damage

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Google Chrome logo A new version of Google Chrome is now available; the latest stable release has the version number 14.0.835.187 and the latest beta version, 15.0.874.58. The update stops Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) virus scanner from incorrectly classifying the browser as part of the banking trojan PWS:Win32/Zbot (Zeus).

A bad patch for Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft Forefront and Microsoft Defender meant that the scanners were identifying chrome.exe as malware and proposing to delete the browser. On Friday, Microsoft released an unscheduled signature update to halt the false detection. The Chrome update should assist those who have been affected by MSE's incorrect detection and deletion by repairing the installed versions of Chrome. Manual repair instructions are also available if needed.


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