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    Default Windows Defender Antivirus has detected malware or other potentially unwanted softwar

    Does anyone else get this error in Windows Defender?
    The only way I found to supperss this error was to add my host file to Windows Defender exclusion list but that seems unsafe?
    Is there a better way?

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    Windows Defender Antivirus has detected malware or other potentially unwanted software.
     For more information please see the following:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=37020&name=SettingsModifier:Win32/HostsFileHijack&threatid=265754&enterprise=0
     	Name: SettingsModifier:Win32/HostsFileHijack
     	ID: 265754
     	Severity: Severe
     	Category: Settings Modifier
     	Path: file:_C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
     	Detection Origin: Local machine
     	Detection Type: Concrete
     	Detection Source: Real-Time Protection
     	User: PHILNEWPC\Phil
     	Process Name: C:\Program Files (x86)\Safer-Networking Ltd\Spybot Anti-Beacon\Spybot3AntiBeacon.exe
     	Security intelligence Version: AV: 1.325.712.0, AS: 1.325.712.0, NIS: 1.325.712.0
     	Engine Version: AM: 1.1.17500.4, NIS: 1.1.17500.4

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    You could contact Team Spybot and ask about that. There's a form to fill out here.
    https://www.safer-networking.org/support/#contactform

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    To clarify, the above question is for Spybot Anti-Beacon.

    I tried asking customer suppor but they never replied to me.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction, please?

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    I don't know the answer to your question, which is why I referred you to the contact form. You can select anti-beacon or anti-beacon plus in the pull-down menu on the contact form. Was the form the way you contacted customer support? It might take a while to get a reply, I figure, if they have a lot of questions. How long has it been since you contacted them? I'm just asking to make sure your message didn't get lost or something, hence no reply.

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    AntiBeacon modifies the hosts file in a protective way. But Defender takes any modification of the file as a threat. This is a false positive. Feel free to ignore the defenders detection here. Thank you.
    (m/f)

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