Linked by David Adams on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 15:58 UTC
Bugs & Viruses A version of the McAfee antivirus software used in the corporate and public sectors misidentified the svchost.exe file in Windows XP systems as malware, sending the affected machines into a loop of restarts. Only users of McAfee VirusScan Enterprise on Windows XP service pack 3 were affected, but the fallout was pretty severe, with hospital and police systems among those taken down.
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RE: Comment by ballmerlikesgoogle
by funny_irony on Sat 24th Apr 2010 08:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by ballmerlikesgoogle"
funny_irony
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2007-03-07

False positive is nothing new. Symantec AV crashed thousands of PC in China in year 2007 with blue screen of death.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9019958/Symantec_false_posit...

http://texyt.com/symantec+china+compensates+antivirus+victims+angry...

Symantec also cause hundreds of PC in my company to crash with blue screen in year 2008 when one of its live update virus definition is corrupted.


Symantec and McAfee outsource their programming to cheap labour in India. When you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. If you expect quality, look elsewhere ;)

Edited 2010-04-24 08:48 UTC

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