No, it’s not a joke, Windows Defender has gone crazy and is saying that Google Chrome and other applications are of malicious origin. So if you get a threatening message under the name ‘Win32/Hive.ZY’ don’t worry you’re not the only one.
Everything indicates that it is a bug that began to be reported on social networks and in forums. Among them in Reddit profiles, where users confirmed the presence of this error by Windows Defender. In fact, the same Microsoft company confirmed that this error is occurring, so it is expected that a Windows Defender update will be released soon.
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According to user reports, the notification of this alert is quite persistent and does not stop appearing. Even if ignored, the message reappears because the system detects if the app is in the background. This error seems to pop up for versions from Windows 8.1 and up. It also appears in Security Essentials for Windows Vista and Windows 7. The alert itself is for a threat that contains suspicious activity. This is used to mark potentially malicious files, especially those downloaded from emails. So what happens is that Windows Defender detects any application that is based on Electron or Chromium, so browsers like Edge and Google Chrome or any other app running Visual Studio Code will trigger the alert.
So you can update Windows Defender
If your Windows Defender freaked out, don’t worry. One of the easiest ways to solve this situation and prevent this message from appearing on a recurring basis is to update Windows Defender. To do this, you must locate the update that is being released with version 1.373.1537.0 of Windows Defender. If you do not have this version, then you must go to the path Windows Defender> Virus and threat protection> Virus and threat protection updates. There you have to click on ‘Check for updates’ with which the system will download the mentioned version. Another option is to also download the latest update in 64-bit and 32-bit versions.
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