Be glad and joyful, oh Mac user. McAfee’s popular antivirus software seems to have identified Windows XP as malware. Declan McCullagh in CNET:
A buggy update that the company released early in the day turned the software’s formidable defenses against malicious software inward, prompting it to attack a vital component of Microsoft Windows. The update was available for business customers for about four hours before distribution was halted.
The update… effectively redirected the PC’s immune system, causing it to attack a legitimate operating system component known as SVCHOST.EXE in the same way that some diseases can cause the human immune system to turn inward. In this case, McAfee’s application incorrectly confused it with malware known as the W32/Wecorl.a virus.
Windows as malware. Funny.