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A dodgy update to Microsoft's anti-virus software on Tuesday meant users of the software were wrongly warned that Google's homepage was infected with the infamous Blackhole Exploit Kit. Users of Microsoft's Forefront corporate security products (here) and freebie Security Essentials scanner software (here) were both affected …


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  1. Dan 55 Silver badge
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    Sounds about right to me

    I hope more companies will throw of the shackles of potential litigation action and label Google for what it is!

  2. Lockwood

    Valentine's Day SNAFU.

    Roses are red,

    Violets are blue.

    We made Bing;

    No Google for you.

    1. Bob Vistakin


      Roses are red

      Violets are blue

      We made a wrapper round Google

      And serve its results to you

  3. Kool-Aid drinker


    That is all.

  4. Yag


    And what is the actual problem?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sounds about right...

    ...coming from Microsoft. They never get anything right!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Sounds about right...

      Can't agree with you there. I've been treating Google as malign for the last 18 months; and nothing that's happened during that time has given me reason to change that.

    2. Crazy Operations Guy

      Re: Sounds about right...

      By that logic, Google is worse. there was the time that they classified the entire internet, including themselves, as 'dangerous'

  6. Anonymous Coward

    To be fair, they also classify the eicar test string as a severe threat :)

  7. JDX Gold badge


    Tricky story for the commentards, this. Who to hate the most...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Oooh

      Google obviously.

      If nothing else, Microsoft never claimed to be anything more than a bunch of a**seholes and didn't hide behind a meaningless slogan that has hoodwinked millions

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Thats easy


      1. Shakje

        Re: Thats easy

        People who don't use apostrophes.

    3. fishman

      Re: Oooh

      The Reg needs to do a poll: Most hated company in IT

      1) Microsoft

      2) Google

      3) Apple

      4) Oracle

      And no easy "All of the above".

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Re: Oooh

        Apple would get the most votes. The majority of commenters here are FOSS supporters. Even those that like apple will post anonymously.

        Hating apple is the new cool thing at the moment.

        I think Google would be a close second

        no one cares about MS any more

      2. jake Silver badge

        Re: Re: Oooh

        5) The Russian spammers

        6) The US .gov

        7) SOCA

        8) Adobe

        9) So-called "Web Designers"

        10) ... never mind. I'll stop for your reading pleasure ...

    4. Tom 13

      Re: Oooh

      Who says I have to pick ONE?

  8. TeeCee Gold badge


    Now putting the boot in for Scroogle, so you don't have to.

  9. robert 15

    bbc too?

    Ive had reports of Forefront flagging BBC Scotland website as serving blackhole today as well...

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Re: bbc too?

      I think that's just Scotland as a whole.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Despite the usual deluge of praise heaped on it, even here - I think the first warning to me that a lot of computer-illiterates post on The Reg - one can only imagine because it is free, ad-free, and probably because it's from Microsoft who are the bestest IT company on Earth - since it was Giant-just-bought-by-MS, then Windows Defender, MSAS - and FFS OneCare, that people actually paid for (!) the product has been unadulterated shite.


  11. Arctic fox

    "........MS security update flags as malign"

    .......and the problem is?

    Sorry, the temptation was too much to resist. -:)

    1. David 164

      Re: "........MS security update flags as malign"

      That it did not do the same for Bing, who do all of the same things that Google search does. An as it Microsoft it probably even more evil than Google.

      1. Tom 13

        Re: MS Probably more evil

        Nah, I have to give that to Google. Their slogan is the first sign.

        First, MS only wants most of my money, not all of my personal details which they sell to other people to make money. Second, while it may be possible to avoid MS product in your environment, it is theoretically possible. Even if you never use Gmail, Google Search, Google Toolbars, GoogleDesktop, Google Earth, or any of the various other Google Apps (including Android), if you've read this post, Google has learned something about you. Because like 99% of the other websites out there, El Reg uses Google Analytics in their pages.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Re: MS Probably more evil

          Ghostery. Now in FF and Opera flavours. Possibly more...not checked.

  12. Gordon Fecyk

    Why do I miss out on all of this fun?

    I never get problems like this. I only get oddities like telling me to upgrade to IE8 when I'm running IE9.

    And the missing DLL in IE8 on XP? Didn't happen to me, either.

    I swear, I'm missing out on the whole Windows Experience here.

  13. eulampios

    false positive

    Microsoft should get some kind of anti-Nobel prize for inventing many infection vectors, like this one: clicking on a web link or visiting an infected website. Then you have a whole menagerie of possibilities. Like, with the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, there is a false positive and false negative (errors of the I,II kind).

    The multi-billion antivirus industry is so much in debt to Microsoft, they should be paying 1/10 of their revenues to the Grand Master from Redmond, WA that had innovatively begotten their business.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I have no doubt this was indeed nothing but a mistake

    but let's look at the interesting opportunities we could have here.

  15. mhenriday

    Like Anonymous Coward,

    I have no doubt that this incident - like other «glitches» in MS code which «accidently» derailed Google products - was nothing but an unfortunate mistake. After all, we all know how much Steven Anthony - «I'm going to f***ing kill Google.» - Ballmer loves and appreciates Google, in particular Eric Schmidt (


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