In a curious turn of events, Microsoft’s Edge browser seems to have taken an unusual step by misclassifying Google Chrome as potentially security threat malicious software. This incident comes as part of Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to promote its own Edge browser while discouraging users from adopting rival browsers.
Reports indicate that approximately 20% of Microsoft Edge version 116 stable installations are experiencing this issue, raising eyebrows due to its timing and its impact on Microsoft’s primary competitor in the browser market.
The glitch involves Microsoft Edge’s security system flagging the installer for Google Chrome, known as ChromeSetup.exe, as a potential risk. This unexpected behaviour contradicts Edge’s built-in security features, which are designed to safeguard users from harmful files. The misidentification of ChromeSetup.exe raises concerns about the reliability of Edge’s threat detection mechanisms.
For users attempting to download Google Chrome through Microsoft Edge, an alarming warning message pops up, suggesting that “ChromeSetup.exe could be harmful to your device.” This dilemma presents users with the choice to either “keep” the file or “delete” it, adding a layer of uncertainty to the downloading process.
Although this could very well be attributed to a mere software glitch, the timing of the incident is undeniably intriguing. Microsoft’s persistent endeavors to foster loyalty towards Edge have been evident in their strategies to maintain users within their ecosystem. Altering default browser settings on Windows has been streamlined, and even when users search for Google Chrome, Microsoft takes a proactive approach to nudge them towards Edge. A persuasive message emerges:
“Skip the browser download. Microsoft recommends the fast, secure, and modern web experience of Microsoft Edge. Start now to save both time and money.”
Whether an unintentional hiccup or a calculated move, this occurrence underscores the competitive landscape in the world of web browsers.