Microsoft has confessed that a security update that identified rival Google's Chrome browser as malware and removed it was a mistake.
Microsoft hurriedly issued a fix for the cock-up along with a confession:
"On September 30th, 2011, an incorrect detection for PWS:Win32/Zbot was identified and as a result, Google Chrome was inadvertently blocked and in some cases removed from customers PCs," the Winodws make wrote. "We have already fixed the issue -we released an updated signature (1.113.672.0) at 9:57 am PDT - but approximately 3,000 customers were impacted. Affected customers should manually update Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) with the latest signatures. To do this, simply launch MSE, go to the update tab and click the Update button, and then reinstall Google Chrome. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused our customers."
Obviously Microsoft is feeling the heat from Google in various markets it once owned. Flagging its products as malware may not be the way forward, however.