Windows Defender is enough, if you harden it

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  • wakatime-cli

    Command line interface used by all WakaTime text editor plugins.

    What's the recommended way to prevent my open source program from being flagged as false-positive malware on every release? [0] It also seems to be preventing the open source vscode plugin from reading a necessary config file in the user's home directory. If it's not possible to prevent the false-positives is there some way to detect if reading a file fails because of Defender vs. other reasons, like file not exists?

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  • Nim

    Nim is a statically typed compiled systems programming language. It combines successful concepts from mature languages like Python, Ada and Modula. Its design focuses on efficiency, expressiveness, and elegance (in that order of priority).

    Hey, we (Nim programming language[1]) get constant false positives on Windows Defender. This has started relatively recently and we think is due to a recent increase in the number of whitehats using Nim but it really affects our community negatively. It seems that Windows Defender marks anything that looks like Nim[2] as being a virus which is very unreliable and causes many of our users to get hit by virus warnings as soon as they attempt to install Nim. We've attempted to submit the files concerned as false positives to no avail[3].

    Can you or anyone else help resolve this?

    1 - https://nim-lang.org

    2 - https://forum.nim-lang.org/t/7885

    3 - https://forum.nim-lang.org/t/8196#53855

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