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    Default Windows Defender: False alarm

    "Since Monday evening, Microsoft's Windows Defender spyware detection software has mistakenly raised the Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack alarm on some clean PCs. According to Microsoft, the error is caused by a flawed signature deployed via automatic update on Monday. Another signature update has now been issued to solve the problem."



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    "Users are advised to ignore the warning and update the signature database of Windows Defender via the Windows Update feature. Those who have put the alleged intruder into quarantine, or even deleted it, should use the Notepad text editor to at least create a minimal hosts file consisting of the following two lines:

    127.0.0.1 localhost
    ::1 localhost"

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    hey, this is important. Thanks for the heads up.
    Check this Microsoft read too.

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    I have turned it off, because I haven't been sure of it but this is important information. I wonder what our Security expertds think of defender(and before she say points out an article to me in her garden, I've not checked there yet)

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    I had turned off Windows Defender too.
    I think it was avery good programme when it was called Microsoft AntiSpyware beta (ex Giant Antispyware), I cannot say the same now

    @ HappyAndyk; thanks for the link you provided
    Last edited by leofelix; 11th March 2009 at 22:57.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seti View Post
    I have turned it off, because I haven't been sure of it but this is important information. I wonder what our Security expertds think of defender(and before she say points out an article to me in her garden, I've not checked there yet)
    Ah, Seti, Seti, Seti. She isn't an expert. Mark Russinovich is an expert. sUBs (developer of ComboFix) is an expert. She has enough knowledge to have an opinion in certain areas and is smart enough to know when to keep her mouth shut or seek help from others.

    I am not personally fond of Windows Defender (particularly after this experience -- Grrrr -- Windows Defender Blocked WinPatrol). I also don't care for the GUI. That said, I appreciate that there is a frequently updated anti-malware application available with the Windows operating systems. Since vendors don't detect the same things, it is generally recommended to have a second anti-malware software.

    My personal preference for malware cleanup is Malwarebytes. Hey, as I wrote about here, PCMagazine demonstrated how even Symantec tried to claim Malwarebytes as a Norton scanner.

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    My dear you might not be an expert, but your garden is full of roses because you know where to get the answers if you don't have them and that counts a great deal. And my friend modesty is one of your best assests

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    Thank you, Sir.

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