MSE false positive necessitates Google update

It would seem as though Internet giant Google has been forced to update its Chrome web browser, after Microsoft Security Essentials started mistakenly detecting it as malware. The false positive incident happened on September 30th, and involved Microsoft’s security product alerting users that chrome.exe is a banking Trojan from the Zeus family of malware, and recommended its removal.


Users who acted on Microsoft Security Essentials’ recommendations then removed the threat found themselves no longer able to use Google Chrome. Many of them flocked to Google’s Chrome support forum to report the problem.


According to a statement from Microsoft’s Malware protection Center, around 3000 users were impacted by the faulty definition and ended up with the Chrome browser either being removed or blocked.


Microsoft released a signature update to address this irrational error in a matter of mere hours, but the damage had already been done.