[URL] BIG problem: Microsoft Anti-Spyware Deleting Norton Anti-Virus

Discussion in 'Spyware' started by Vrodok the Troll, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2006/02/microsoft_antispyware_deleting_1.html

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    Microsoft's Anti-Spyware program is causing troubles for people who also use
    Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus software; apparently, a recent update to
    Microsoft's anti-spyware application flags Norton as a password-stealing
    program and prompts users to remove it.

    According to several different support threads over at Microsoft's user groups
    forum, the latest definitions file from Microsoft "(version 5805, 5807) detects
    Symantec Antivirus files as PWS.Bancos.A (Password Stealer).

    "When Microsoft Anti-Spyware users remove the flagged Norton file as prompted,
    Symantec's product gets corrupted and no longer protects the user's machine.
    The Norton user then has to go through the Windows registry and delete multiple
    entries (registry editing is always a dicey affair that can quickly hose a
    system if the user doesn't know what he or she is doing) so that the program
    can be completely removed and re-installed.
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    Vrodok the Troll, Feb 13, 2006
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  2. I have V5805 and don't seemingly have a problem. How does this manifest


    Bill Ridgeway
    Computer Solutions
    Bill Ridgeway, Feb 13, 2006
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