No way to report false positive

Confirmed Issue #12272476


Vivi G.
Jun 7, 2017
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Found in
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  • Internet Explorer
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  • Firefox
  • Opera
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Steps to reproduce

NOTE: This issue is a continuation of the (private/Security) issue #12105118 that seems to be nowhere to be found using the link in the original email answer I got. I had to enter the issue number manually in the URL in order to find issue #12105118 again.

I am making this (new/continued) issue a public one under the “Other” category since I think that it may be a problem for more and more developers:

1 - Browse to with any browser on Windows 10 with SmartScreen enabled or with IE on any platform
2 - Fill the form with an email address and get the email that was sent
3 - Browse to the download link sent by email with any browser on Windows 10 with SmartScreen enabled or with IE on any platform : The download is flagged as “uncommonly downloaded”
4 - On Windows 10 with SmartScreen enabled, the execution of the program is blocked by default (Windows Protected your PC)
5 - Click “More Info”
6 - Despite what is said here: , there is NO WAY to report a false positive or to file a complaint or to open a dispute.
8 - Browse to with Edge on Windows 10 : the file is flagged as uncommonly downloaded and blocked by Smartscreen. This is an “Hello World” program written in Delphi XE8 for Win32, which source is :
program TestCmd;
{$R *.res}
writeln(‘This is a simple console program made with delphi XE8’);
on E: Exception do
Writeln(E.ClassName, ': ', E.Message);
There is no way to report a false positive, nor to request a review or open a dispute (despite what other pages say, for instance
Please help me finding a way to allow this site and downloads not to be flagged as potential malware by various MS products. I noticed that one of the programs available on the website ( that had the same issue is now not flagged as “not commonly downloaded” and not prevented from being downloaded nor run by SmartScreen. I’d like to have the same behavior and result with the other programs (especially the one which download link is sent by email, as described above in steps 1 and 2)


Comments and activity

  • Microsoft Edge Team

    Changed Status to “Confirmed”

  • Thanks for filing this bug. 12105118  disappeared because it was moved to a different internal category that is not included in the query we use to show the list of Edge bugs. Resolving this bug as a duplicate of 12105118 but keeping it in the same internal category should keep it showing and also create a link to the new bug. Let me know if that’s not the case. Thanks again!

  • We updated the code and now, the utilities have the version level
    The previous versions of the files ( ended up not to be flagged as “potentially harmful” etc, but this is not the case for the new versions anymore!
    Is there something that can be done to report a false positive, or to file a complaint or to open a dispute?

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