Dodgy McAfee update slaps viral warning on Spotify
Was someone listening to Phil Collins again?
Security software from McAfee wrongly identified the Spotify application as a virus, following a misfiring update published on Thursday.
McAfee's nannyware repeatedly deleted the online music application, which it wrongly identified as IRCbot-Gen-Z, once the update was applied. Some users reported that they were able to get around the false positive by restoring the file in McAfee's security centre window.
In a statement, McAfee said it was investigating the reported problems, promising a fix with an updated signature definition file later on Friday.
McAfee has been made aware that some users are experiencing an issue with Spotify. A fix will be provided in today's regular signature file update. McAfee would like to apologise to any customers affected by this issue and reassure them that this is being addressed as a matter of urgency.
The incident is the latest example of anti-virus definition file updates playing Chicken Little with legitimate software application files. At least in this case key system files were not involved and the false alarm merely created confusion and a lack of access to top tunes, instead of unusable systems. ®
McFuckUp Strikes Again
We use McFuckUp and ePOhWhatAPieceOfShit at the very large company I work for, and we run a sweepstake for the number of days until their piece-of-crap software screws up something. I can't recall a time when we've ever gone 6 months without it having not worked as it's supposed to.
If only the management weren't so impressed by the pretty reports that are generated each day then maybe we'd be able to use something that's actually up to the job.
P2P crap like Spotify is a a complete security nightmare. It leaches bandwidth and opens all sorts of potential doors to hackers. McAfee was probably doing its users a favour with its pre-emptive strike.
Now, if McAfee can do the same for the bloody BBC iPlayer..