Microsoft Defender and dangerous alert levels

Description:

This program changes various computer settings.

Advice:

This software is typically benign when it runs on your computer, unless it was installed without your knowledge. If you’re not sure whether to permit it, review the alert details or check if you recognize and trust the publisher of the software.

Category:

Tool

 

 

 

Microsoft Defender detecting Eicar Test File as SevereClicking on the link in the dialog gets you here where it is explained that it is actually a Research Tool.

 

Alert level

Tool:Win32/EICAR_Test_File

(?)

Encyclopedia entry
Published: Mar 08, 2007

Aliases
Not available

Alert Level (?)
Severe

Antimalware protection details
Microsoft recommends that you download the latest definitions to get protected.

Detection initially created:
Definition: 1.45.287.0
Released: Oct 07, 2008

Summary

This potentially unwanted software is detected by the Microsoft antispyware engine. Technical details are not currently available.

 


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