Users of Webroot’s endpoint security product, consumers and businesses alike, had a nasty surprise Monday when the program started flagging Windows files as malicious.The reports quickly popped up on Twitter and continued on the Webroot community forum — 14 pages and counting.

The company came up with a manual fix to address the issue, but many users still had problems recovering their affected systems.[ From backup to productivity tools, check out the top 30 free apps for Windows 10. | Download the superguide to Windows 10 installation. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]
The problem is what’s known in the antivirus industry as a “false positive” — a case where a clean file is flagged as malicious and is blocked or deleted.

False positive incidents can range in impact from merely annoying — for example, when a program cannot run anymore — to crippling, where the OS itself is affected and no longer boots.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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