Microsoft says a”configuration error” in the Windows 10 News app was the reason for consumers seeing nonsensical notifications which made some of these think their machines had been infected with malware.
Something went wrong last Friday at the Microsoft unit that oversees the Windows 10 News program.
Windows 10 users Reddit began to report viewing”bizarre” notifications from the Microsoft News app tagged’My Movies’, followed by the message:”This is a test telling”.
It was then followed with the dodgy-looking”Thsi test notification”. Some users also received a third notification, only stating”Test Notification”.
The alarms confused users who could not tell if it was only a mystery bug or a malware infection, prompting some to look at wiping their machines.
A user on Microsoft’s replies forums wasn’t impressed by Microsoft, demanding answers about how the messages may show up in the program when their Norton Security and Malwarebytes anti-virus systems hadn’t detected any malware.
“I don’t subscribe to ANYTHING called”My Films.”
“Would you please explain how this happened? If ANYONE should know, YOU ought to; it’s YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM. Are there others who have seen this behaviour in their Notifications area?”
“Someone had a little to drink on the work lol,” responded bobsagefullhouse.
Microsoft support team yesterday explained the situation in posts on Reddit and its answers forum, now without a single spelling error.
“Because of a configuration error in the Windows 10 News program notifications (English edition), a few customers reported viewing test notifications,” wrote the Microsoft staffer.
“This issue was resolved on March 29 through a configuration update for existing variants. We also have released a new version of the app that addresses the matter. The notification doesn’t impact the use or application, and this problem should now be resolved.”