Windows Defender identified Chromium, Electron apps as Hive Ransomware

Windows Defender identified Chromium, Electron apps as Hive Ransomware

Microsoft released a Windows Defender update to fix a problem that caused Defender antivirus to identify Chromium, Electron, as malware

Microsoft released a Windows Defender update to fix a problem that caused Defender antivirus software to identify the app based on the Chromium browser engine or the Electron JavaScript framework as malware.

Multiple users reported to the tech giant that they have received a “win32/hive.zy” removal notification every time they run applications like Google’s Chrome browser, Whatsapp, Discord or Spotify,

Microsoft Windows Defender

This means that the Defender antivirus software was confusing the above apps as instances of the infamous Hive ransomware.

Microsoft addressed the issue with the release of Version: 1.373.1537.0 on September 4, 2022.

It has already happened in the past that the popular antivirus software has identified Chrome as a malicious code, the website The Register reported a similar problem in 2011.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Windows Defender)




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