Microsoft anti-malware tool removes Firefox 3

the INQUIRER received a report that suggested Microsoft might be up to its old tricks again. But, as it turns out, the Vole just put out a bad security patch.

A reader wrote:

Yesterday (9 July) I received two updates – one a security update, the other the latest version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool. Upon updating, I had NO INTERNET. I use Firefox 3 and it seems the MSRT removed what it deemed malicious to [Microsoft] – namely Firefox. I tried again today with the same result. Had to use system restore both times.

We weren’t able to check this report because we don’t run Windows, or any other Microsoft software for that matter.

It’s the security patch that’s borking users’ Internet connections, other readers have informed us, not the anti-malware tool update.

That’s not good, but it’s not as bad as deleting competing browser software.

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