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Bug in Microsoft Anti-Spyware

by Nikola Strahija on February 12th, 2006 The beta Microsoft's Anti-Spyware program is suffering from a bug, which is causing headache to network admins, as well as private users.

MS Anti-Spyware returns a false positive for some of the Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus software files, reporting them as password stealers. When users remove the files Microsoft Anti-Spyware suggests are corrupted, Norton becomes unusable. It no longer protects the computer, is unable to download the newest virus definitions and cannot be uninstalled.

It seems that the core of this problem lies in Microsoft AS definition files, version 5805. When users complained about this to Microsoft user group forums, they were advised to download the newer version, 5807.

But, this does not resolve the problem with now unusable Norton AV. The only way to get Norton back is either to use system restore or to fiddle through Windows registry to delete numerous entries.

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