Symantec incorrectly flags Yahoo Mail as a virus

Starting sometime on Tuesday, accessing the beta version of Yahoo Mail on a PC with Symantec's updated antivirus software caused alarm bells to go off. The security software reported finding the "Feebs" worm on the Yahoo Web pages. That warning was in error, Symantec said Wednesday.

"Symantec antivirus products...triggered a false-positive alert with Yahoo Mail beta," Vincent Weafer, a senior director at Symantec Security Response, said in an e-mailed statement. Symantec started receiving reports of the incorrect warnings Tuesday evening, after it had sent out the latest antivirus definitions for its products.

Symantec issued updated definitions later in the evening to fix the mistake, Weafer said.

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When a tree falls in the woods and no one's around does it make a sound?

When Symantec opens their mouth to speak and no one cares, do they make a sound?

And the coming week, we'll switch from Symantec Antivirus Corporate to NOD32 for 50 licenses and Exchange protection.

What a coincidence!

Danrarbc said,
So when does NAV start detecting Symantec products as viruses? Heaven knows they harm a PC every bit as much as one.

Yes, if it's not even more damaging