Microsoft never included the nightly builds (or even v2.38 and earlier releases) of Process Hacker in their "Win64\ProcHack" signatures - just the latest stable release v2.39 - even though the nightly builds have the exact same code as v2.39.
That does not make any sense -- but neither does most of the other things Microsoft does. It certainly creates the impression that a poorly trained screener on the Windows Defender threat analysis team has manually marked the application as malware, based on the title or an auto-generated threat score. And once it gets on their blacklist, nobody wants to take responsibility for removing it, since no one in that department is qualified to determine what is malware.
Process Hacker is functionally the same as a host of similar tools which SmartScreen approves (including Microsoft's "SysInternals Suite"). It is likely that some ignorant clerk saw the word "hack" and checked a blacklist box -- but I did some more investigation on this issue and found that one of the criteria which flags your app for review is how the fields in the "Details" property panel are not populated on Process Hacker modules. (With respect to potential threat scoring, the Product version and Copyright fields carry the highest weight here.)
they've already banned my hotmail account from other Microsoft services so I think its very likely going to happen
Wow, this has really been blown out of proportion and it demonstrates the broad scope of Microsoft's employee incompetence problem. Sorry to hear about that. You might want to try Tutanota or Protonmail, its more secure anyway.
https://www.technadu.com/microsoft-msn- ... ach/64767/
https://www.dailydot.com/news/microsoft ... ive-prism/
Do you have the problem when using other browsers?
Yes, I did check multiple browsers before asking. I spent some time troubleshooting this over the weekend and it appears that style sheets were being fetched from a different server which is running a firewall with a generic VPN proxy IP blacklist. This was preventing the download of all releases on SourceForge. (Not a good idea when ~25% of internet users are browsing through a VPN.) Today the problem appears to be partially resolved: downloads & style sheets are working, only images are broken.
Just for fun, I made some publicity artwork for PH based on "the most interesting man in the world" meme. Hope you like it.
"Bill Gates calls him for computer advice."