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  • Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election

    Some anti-virus software seems to think Vivaldi is a virus and has a great way of detecting it:

    We have done a little investigation of our own and it seems that the various antivirus software companies are triggering a response on our company name within the installer. If we misspell it slightly, e.g. by removing a letter in "Vivaldi Technologies" and making it "Vivaldi Technlogies", the issue simply goes away.

    :headdesk:

    Vivaldi seems to think it's funny, though:

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  • This is the first time I've heard of a bug being fixed by adding an @accalia :smile:



  • That's funny, because according to that website the only antiviruses that give a false positive are three irrelevant ones (ALYac, AegisLab, and Rising).


  • Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election

    Still a major WTF. How does the name of a legitimate company get blacklisted? And who thought that blacklisting an installer by company name was a good idea in the first place?

    Also, it doesn't matter whether those vendor are irrelevant. Being blacklisted anywhere is a major PR problem. Plus, there are people like you who use sites like virustotal, they'll be confused.



  • @asdf said:

    How does the name of a legitimate company get blacklisted?

    Because the name may have been used by a malware vendor in the past?


  • area_deu

    @asdf said:

    And who thought that blacklisting an installer by company name was a good idea in the first place?

    Probably the same people who thought that files named setup.exe should get special treatment ...


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