Watch out – Microsoft Defender is flagging some legitimate URLs as harmful

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Microsoft’s personal Defender antivirus program (opens in new tab) has erroneously labeled numerous secure hyperlinks as malicious, sowing confusion amongst dozens of customers. 

After one of many affected customers posted about the issue on Reddit, others rapidly chimed in, confirming that they had seen the identical situation. For some, Zoom hyperlinks had been categorised as malicious, whereas for others, Google’s hyperlinks, as properly.