Thursday 21 July 2011

Microsoft Security Essentials–False Positive on Adware: Win32/Hotbar

A number of our machines have been throwing the following warning from MSE:


Adware: Win32/Hotbar

Category: Adware

Description: This program has potentially unwanted behavior.

Recommended action: Review the alert details to see why the software was detected. If you do not like how the software operates or if you do not recognize and trust the publisher, consider blocking or removing the software.

Security Essentials detected programs that may compromise your privacy or damage your computer. You can still access the files that these programs use without removing them (not recommended). To access these files, select the Allow action and click Apply actions. If this option is not available, log on as administrator or ask the security administrator for help.




We sent out an e-mail to find out what was up.

It turns out that the flag is a false positive on MSE’s own update files with a fix in the works.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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