Microsoft fixes AntiSpyware’s competitor confusion

Microsoft has fixed a faulty upgrade for its Windows AntiSpyware tool, which caused the program to flag two of Symantec’s anti-virus programs as spyware.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  February 14, 2006

Microsoft has fixed a faulty upgrade for its Windows AntiSpyware tool, which caused the program to flag two of Symantec’s anti-virus programs as spyware. According to Microsoft, the problem was caused by its ‘5805’ signature update for AntiSpyware beta 1.0 released last week. The update wrongly identifies a registry key for Symantec’s Antivirus Corporate Edition (version 7.0 to 10.0) and Client Security versions 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 as a password stealing program called PWS.Bancos.A. Microsoft’s then prompts the user to delete the Symantec product’s registry keys and sub keys to completely disable the them. Microsoft recommends that users who have already deleted these keys either use the Restore Points feature in Windows XP or reinstall Symantec’s anti-virus software. Although Microsoft yesterday released a new ‘5807’ signature update to stop AntiSpyware from identifying Symantec’s programs as threats, the firm is still working on a fix to return these anti-virus programs back to normal operation.

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