Microsoft Edge Mistakenly Labels Google Chrome as Malicious Software
A peculiar incident has emerged wherein Microsoft Edge, possibly due to a software glitch, is incorrectly categorizing Google Chrome as malicious software. This curious situation has been observed in approximately 20% of Microsoft Edge 116 stable installations. Although it is likely a technical hiccup, the timing of this occurrence affecting its primary competitor is intriguing.
Microsoft, in its pursuit to promote its own Edge browser and discourage users from opting for rival browsers, including Google Chrome, has found itself inadvertently flagging ChromeSetup.exe, the installer for Google Chrome, as a potential risk. Despite the security features integrated into Edge to safeguard users from harmful files, there seems to be a misidentification of ChromeSetup.exe, leading to its classification as a potential threat.
In instances where users attempt to download Chrome using Microsoft Edge, they might encounter a cautionary message stating, “ChromeSetup.exe could be harmful to your device. Do you want to keep it anyway?” This presents users with the dilemma of either “keeping” or “deleting” the downloaded file.
Timing and Intention
While it’s plausible that this situation stems from a software glitch, the coincidence of it impacting its major competitor is noteworthy. Microsoft’s endeavors to foster loyalty towards Edge are no secret. Changing your default browser on Windows has been streamlined, and even when you search for Google Chrome, Microsoft makes a concerted effort to steer you towards Edge. A prompt surfaces with the following message:
“There’s no need to download a new web browser. Microsoft recommends using Microsoft Edge for a fast, secure, and modern web experience that can help you save time and money. Try it now.”
Even if one chooses to dismiss this prompt, Edge takes an extra step, reminding users that it employs the same engine as Chrome, in what appears to be a persistent endeavor to retain users within its ecosystem.