McAfee AV ate my application

Tuesday, 7 September 2004, 8:53 PM EST

An Australian software developer has been left fuming after the latest virus definition update from McAfee caused his package to be wrongly identified as a Trojan horse programme.

The false positive meant that ISPWizard, an internet setup program wizard, was labelled as the BackDoor-AKZ Trojan by users running the latest update of McAfee's AV software. As a result, ISPWizard is being unceremoniously ripped from users' systems. This means that many people are unable to connect to their ISPs because the software that they need has been automatically deleted by McAfee.

McAfee's cock-up dates from 1 September when it released an antivirus DAT (signature file) update. It has yet to rectify its mistake.

By John Leyden at The Register.

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