Microsoft releases fix for botched Windows Defender update, but it’s still facing problems

There are only two days left on Friday the 13th in 2023, and the first has already seen Microsoft struggle to fix an issue affecting users’ Start menus and taskbars after a botched update to its Defender antivirus.

In the aftermath of the incident, Microsoft turned to the Internet for confirmation (Opens in a new tab) That many users have experienced a “series of false positives” for the “block Win32 API calls from Office macro” rule, resulting in many program shortcuts (.lnk files) disappearing.

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