Process Hacker deleted: Microsoft brands competing product as malware
Update: Added Microsoft’s response. Fixed semantic error.
Update 2: Microsoft stops branding competitor as malware (6 January 2020)
Specifically, Windows Defender has identified Process Hacker as
HackTool:Win64/ProcHack, a category of malware that “hacks” or edits processes with malicious intent. Despite the unfortunate coincidence of names, Process Hacker is no such malware. It has the same function as Microsoft’s own Process Explorer.
To claim that Process Hacker is a
HackTool is similar to claiming all people whose family names are “Carpenter” are actual carpenters by profession, or all people whose family names are “Green” or “Greene” have green skins.
You can safely exclude Process Hacker from detection.
Microsoft’s standing reputation says this is just an unfortunate mistake that they will resolve soon. Hopefully, we don’t have to migrate to other antivirus products.
Addendum: Microsoft’s response
Today, I submitted Process Hacker for re-evaluation as a false positive. To my surprise, Microsoft responded that they uphold their decision. This means that Microsoft’s anti-virus software is hindering fair competition and disrupting a competing product. (Beware of Hanlon’s razor.)