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False positive by Norton forces some Firefox users to reinstall after 3.6.6 update

False positives aren't all that uncommon -- with so many different antivirus and antimalware products out there, so many threats, and so much untested software, it's to be expected that detection mishaps are going to happen. Mishaps like that little McAfee situation earlier this year... Today's offender is Symantec, whose Antivirus and Internet Security products decided to push the panic butto...

FBI's advanced photo technology: cutting-edge or cut-and-paste?

Talk about your Photoshop disasters! Gaspar Llamazares, a member of Spanish parliament, discovered that his hair and some his facial features had been used by the FBI in a new Most Wanted poster of the world's most notorious terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. The FBI claims to have used "cutting-edge" technology to create the image, depicting what Bin Laden probably looks like today. In that case, Adobe...

Avast has a freak out, goes on a false positive spree

Earlier this morning, we received a tip from a developer that his office encountered a rather serious issue: Avast started detecting all binaries created with Delphi as malware - a gigantic problem if you happen to be developing Delphi apps in-house. At first it looked like an isolated incident, but it now appears to be anything but. Avast's user forums [update] have been getting hammered for ...

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday followed by headache Wednesday

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday last week meant a sigh of relief for sysadmins dreading the nasty Internet Explorer vulnerability discovered last month, but any relief was short-lived as the round of patches has apparently led to a plague of bugs and incompatibilities. Last week's patches are causing "causing system hangs, Windows crashes and the appearance of strange dialog boxes" and interfe...

McAfee Anti-Virus goes on file-deletion rampage

McAfee Anti-Virus thinks that Excel is a virus. That and hundred of other files that definitely aren't. SANS is reporting that a virus definition update released by McAfee on Friday mistakenly identifies many, many important files as infected with the W95/CTX virus. Among them are executables from Microsoft, Adobe, Macromedia, MySQL, and more (PDF). If you're lucky or clever enough to have McAfee ...