Microsoft Security Essentials Identified Chrome As Password-stealing Trojan

According to the reports, Microsoft’s free system security and anti-malware utility software, Microsoft Security Essential (MSE), identified Google Chrome browser as password-stealing trojan. The MSE even uninstalled Chrome from users’ computers in order to protect them. This issue was reported by several Chrome users in Google’s support forums. Thankfully, Microsoft has now updated malware definition for MSE and an update has been released to solve this issue.

Microsoft offers its free antivirus and anti-malware application for the users running genuine Windows. The Microsoft Security Essentials is considered to be one of the best security applications available on Windows platform. The above false-positive report identified Chrome as a type of notorious Zeus (Zbot) malware. Several users reported to this forum discussion and informed that MSE removed Chrome from their systems. 

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Microsoft has now released an update for MSE to solve this problem. Users facing this odd situation are directed to update MSE (to the version 1.113.672.0 or later). Microsoft later clarified this, “PWS:Win32/Zbot is a password-stealing trojan that monitors for visits to certain Web sites. It allows limited backdoor access and control and may terminate certain security-related processes. On September 30th, 2011, an incorrect detection for PWS:Win32/Zbot was identified. On September 30th, 2011, Microsoft released an update that addresses the issue. Signature versions 1.113.672.0  and higher include this update.”.