Sometimes Microsoft can really give me a good laugh. Somebody at Microsoft has a really good sense of humor because their most recent hit on Google got people talking about what went wrong with Google.
An update on Valentine’s Day to Microsoft’s business security software, Microsoft Forefront, and it’s free average consumer security software, Microsoft Security Essentials – listed Google as a dangerous website. A minor glitch in their update gave a false alarm whenever users visited Google’s homepage.
The security software listed Google as being infected with the infamous Blackhole exploit kit and that the “serious threat” needed to be immediately removed before it can cause harm to the computer. The only thing was that there wasn’t an actual real threat and when the security software attempted to attack the malicious virus it reported back that it couldn’t locate the threat as there was no threat to begin with.
Although I insinuated that Microsoft did this deliberately, false positives happen to every anti-virus vendor from time to time and this one minor glitch by Microsoft was fairly innocuous – but very amusing. Microsoft immediately responded to notifications about the false positives from users of its software and fixed the issue.
With that said though – perhaps those anti-virus security programs were on to something by raising red flags against Google …HA!