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Security app detection rules update

Last Updated: 1/11/2017

Platforms

Clients – Windows 8 Servers – Windows Server 2012

Description

The Windows Store apps being added in Windows 8 are all being installed to a common location under “Program Files” (%programfiles%) called \program files\WindowsApps.

Manifestation

This can cause collisions with existing configurations, and some antivirus/anti-malware detectors see this location as a potential location that is a cause for concern.

Mitigation

The current recommendations are:

  • Move away from \program files\WindowsApps for storing any custom apps
  • Antivirus/antimalware vendors should update their heuristics so they do not identify that location as a malware location
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