Microsoft says hackers are attacking Windows users with a new unpatched bug

Ruben Fields
March 23, 2020

This time an update is causing an issue that could have serious security implications for users - it has broken Windows Defender.

When users conduct either a Quick Scan or Full Scan, an Action Center notification is sometimes generated saying items were skipped during the scan "due to an exclusion or network scanning settings".

Along with revealing this huge Window 10 news, Microsoft has also teased its one billion fans with a new update that looks set to arrive very soon with the firm boasting that it's been "designed for a new era".

It's not yet clear which specific update is confusing Windows Defender, or which specific files the AV software is skipping over. Some folks are even anxious that this error is a symptom of a virus itself.

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On Windows 10 devices successfully exploiting the two zero-day vulnerabilities will only lead to code execution with limited privileges and capabilities within an AppContainer sandbox context according to Microsoft's advisory.

Then Microsoft capped everything off by showing light and dark themes for Windows 10 along with a bunch of windows resizing and snapping options, all created to making multi-tasking just a bit faster and easier. Windows Latest notes that both manual and automatic scans failing with the above error, although offline scans appear to be working.

But a recently discovered bug in Windows Defender ruins this almost flawless experience with the Windows 10 antivirus, as it causes the application to ignore some files during scans. The site also said that the bug is present in Windows Defender version 4.18.2003 or newer. So how will the new Windows 10 design be?

Why is this update not being released for all Windows 7 customers? Then the problem came back. "I think it is the KB4551762 that does it?" It seems like this problem has been ignored by Microsoft employees since there is no official acknowledgment from the tech giant. This case, as reported by several in Microsoft forums and Reddit threads, has been happening since March 11th.

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