OneCare slaps viral warning on Gmail

14th November 2006

John Leyden

Faulty signature updates resulted in Microsoft's Live OneCare anti-virus service falsely reporting Gmail's website was infected with a computer virus.

The false alert, which arose for a signature update issued late last week, meant OneCare users visiting Gmail were warned that the site was contaminated by a virus called BAT/BWG-A, reports.

Microsoft rectified the SNAFU with a revised signature update late on Sunday, but not before the issue had hit a significant number of users, as posts to OneCare and Gmail forums (here and ( now 404) show. The glitch often hits OneCare users updating to IE7, Virus Bulletin notes.


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