Windows Explorer identified as malware

Tuesday, 25 December 2007, 7:56 PM EST

Windows Explorer, one of the most crucial components of Microsoft's operating system, was quarantined last week after being falsely identified as malicious code by an antivirus company. Users of Kaspersky Lab's antivirus products noticed the issue, which Kaspersky claimed lasted two hours, on last week.

The security company's systems had decided that a virus called Huhk-C was present in the explorer.exe file, leading to its confinement or, in some cases, deletion. As Windows Explorer is the graphical user interface for Windows' file system, this made it difficult to perform many common tasks within the operating system, such as finding files.

By David Meyer, ZDNet UK.

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