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Misidentification Hurts

After a poor update to the Symantec Antivirus suite caused havoc for Chinese Windows XP 2 users earlier this year, another poor update to the Antivirus definitions file has led to an antimalware product being misidentified as malware.

This time, the popular SpyBot Search & Destroy product had one of its critical files identified as malicious. While the misidentified file was only targeted in the 1.3 version of the product (current version is 1.4), it is another case of antivirus definitions files going haywire with unfortunate results for people struggling to ensure their systems stay as secure and safe as possible.

Fortunately for potentially affected users, Symantec quickly released an updated definitions file that addressed the problem.

4 June 2007

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