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Google and Microsoft Partner to Combat False Positives in Antivirus Programs

Category: Bugs / Virus
Posted: 12:51PM

VirusTotal, a website that was acquired by Google in 2012 and offers free checking of suspicious files using multiple antivirus engines, has announced an initiative to combat false positives generated from antivirus programs. In order to do this, the company encourages software developers to share files found within their software catalogue, which VirusTotal then marks accordingly. If a false positive is generated by an antivirus program, VirusTotal contacts the respective antivirus vender to correct the error. Microsoft has already partnered with VirusTotal to help kick start this initiative of combatting false positives in antivirus programs, and the partnership thus far has enabled VirusTotal to remedy over 6,000 false positives thanks to the sharing of metadata about software collections.

Source: VirusTotal Blog

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