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Windows Defender alerts to send firefox.exe to microsoft after upgrading to 16.0.2

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Windows Defender posted an message in Windows Action Center with a title "Review the files that Windows Defender will send to Microsoft (Important)"

This showed a popup message that informed that Windows Defender needed to make a Sample Submission of the following files: "Mozilla Firefox\Firefox.exe" "Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe".

This happen both in my Desktop PC (Win 7 x64 SP1 Ultimate) and in my Laptop (Win 7 x64 SP1 Home), the difference being that in the Laptop's case one additional file was required to be reported i.e. "Mozilla Maintenace Service\maintenanceservice_tmp.exe"

Windows Defender posted an message in Windows Action Center with a title "Review the files that Windows Defender will send to Microsoft (Important)" This showed a popup message that informed that Windows Defender needed to make a Sample Submission of the following files: "Mozilla Firefox\Firefox.exe" "Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe". This happen both in my Desktop PC (Win 7 x64 SP1 Ultimate) and in my Laptop (Win 7 x64 SP1 Home), the difference being that in the Laptop's case one additional file was required to be reported i.e. "Mozilla Maintenace Service\maintenanceservice_tmp.exe"

Chosen solution

hello shadownate, i think this is a normal process when you are a member of MAPS (Microsoft Active Protection Service) and chose to submit information about unknown applications. in case microsoft defender comes across an application version that doesn't show up in ms' database yet (which might well be the case for firefox executables immediately after an update), they upload the file and analyse it - this is the way they gather new information to create signatures for unknown threats. Plugin-container.exe & maintenanceservice.exe are part of firefox and won't pose a risk to your system.

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a few minutes after I upgraded to 16.0.2 from 16.0.1

Application

  • User Agent: Opera/9.80 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64; U; en) Presto/2.10.289 Version/12.02

More Information

Application Basics
Name
Firefox
Version
16.0.2
User Agent
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:16.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/16.0
Profile Folder
Show Folder
Enabled Plugins
about:plugins
Build Configuration
about:buildconfig
Crash Reports
about:crashes
Memory Use
about:memory
Extensions
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ID
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2.1.2
true
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avast! WebRep
7.0.1473
true
wrc@avast.com
Copper (Cu)
0.8.2
true
copper@vs.inf.ethz.ch
DownloadHelper
4.9.10
true
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Greasemonkey
1.4
true
{e4a8a97b-f2ed-450b-b12d-ee082ba24781}
Java Console
6.0.35
true
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0035-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
Java Console
6.0.33
false
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0033-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
NoScript
2.5.9
false
{73a6fe31-595d-460b-a920-fcc0f8843232}
Important Modified Preferences
Name
Value
accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar
0
browser.cache.disk.capacity
1048576
browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run
false
browser.cache.disk.smart_size_cached_value
337920
browser.display.background_color
#C0C0C0
browser.display.use_system_colors
true
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
4
browser.startup.homepage
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/default.aspx?c=gr&l=gk&s=gen
browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID
20121024073032
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
16.0.2
extensions.lastAppVersion
16.0.2
gfx.direct3d.prefer_10_1
true
network.cookie.prefsMigrated
true
places.database.lastMaintenance
1350902141
places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages
37411
privacy.cpd.offlineApps
true
privacy.cpd.siteSettings
true
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
true
privacy.sanitize.timeSpan
0
security.warn_viewing_mixed
false
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Adapter Description
Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
Vendor ID
0x8086
Device ID
0x0126
Adapter RAM
Unknown
Adapter Drivers
igdumd64 igd10umd64 igd10umd64 igdumd32 igd10umd32 igd10umd32
Driver Version
8.15.10.2761
Driver Date
5-21-2012
Direct2D Enabled
true
DirectWrite Enabled
true (6.1.7601.17789)
ClearType Parameters
ClearType parameters not found
WebGL Renderer
Google Inc. -- ANGLE (Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000) -- OpenGL ES 2.0 (ANGLE 1.0.0.1041)
GPU Accelerated Windows
1/1 Direct3D 10
AzureBackend
direct2d
JavaScript
Incremental GC
1
Accessibility
Activated
0
Prevent Accessibility
0
Library Versions
Expected minimum version
Version in use
NSPR
4.9.2
4.9.2
NSS
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
NSS Util
3.13.6.0
3.13.6.0
NSS SSL
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
NSS S/MIME
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC

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Chosen Solution

hello shadownate, i think this is a normal process when you are a member of MAPS (Microsoft Active Protection Service) and chose to submit information about unknown applications. in case microsoft defender comes across an application version that doesn't show up in ms' database yet (which might well be the case for firefox executables immediately after an update), they upload the file and analyse it - this is the way they gather new information to create signatures for unknown threats. Plugin-container.exe & maintenanceservice.exe are part of firefox and won't pose a risk to your system.

hello shadownate, i think this is a normal process when you are a [http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/join-maps-community member of MAPS (Microsoft Active Protection Service)] and chose to submit information about unknown applications. in case microsoft defender comes across an application version that doesn't show up in ms' database yet (which might well be the case for firefox executables immediately after an update), they upload the file and analyse it - this is the way they gather new information to create signatures for unknown threats. Plugin-container.exe & maintenanceservice.exe are part of firefox and won't pose a risk to your system.