Laptop Spyware Removal

In the wise words of Scooby Doo: “Ruh Roh!” Yes, apparently somehow Samsung thought it would be wise to include spyware pre-installed on select Samsung notebooks it offers. Worse, it apparently never saw an issue with this practice! You know it’s funny as people always ask me why I run the OS I do and a big part of it is that I KNOW what comes installed on my computers. This isn’t a jab at Microsoft, rather a jab at the fact that some PC vendors are pretty sleazy in their practices.

Realistically though, we must understand that most people are perfectly happy using the platform they’re used to running each day. So expecting them to dump one for another, simply out of fear that their new notebook might be running something malicious, is just insane. But the problem remains, though: can your new computer be trusted?

Laptop Spyware Removal
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Using security software to locate malware/keyloggers

You will generally find that most malicious software can be detected by a decent AV or security suite. The general rule here is that it’s not designed by the people you purchased the notebook from, of course. And then there is the problem of something chip-based, outside of the OS, which would be completely hidden anyway. Another possibility is software that is custom built, undetected by your security software. Boy, suddenly the idea of building your own notebook doesn’t seem all that insane after all!

The problem is that all one can really do is reduce their chances of becoming the next lucky contestant of “rook-kits-are-us.” Avoid companies with a history of ignoring your privacy. Sony is amongst these companies and sadly, now so is Samsung. I hate looping Samsung into this mix as I swear by its monitors and TVs, but would definitely avoid using anything it sells with the ability to transmit after this latest mess.

Trust in computing

I suggest that, even with new computers, you run anti-malware and keylogger scanners first thing. Apparently, it seems, there are occasions where you might end up with a full-on hit. Even though Samsung (finally) appears to be investigating the matter closely, this entire incident should serve as a reminder that even new computers can already have an exploit running on them. Remember, it pays to trust no one when it comes to your privacy.

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  • Anonymous

    I am posting stories like this every place I can cause this NEEDS more attention. Also on a side note. Isn’t it interesting how Google chose to have SONY and SAMSUNG to make their Chrome OS notebooks.

    Hmmmm…..yes very interesting……..

  • Anonymous

    I am posting stories like this every place I can cause this NEEDS more attention. Also on a side note. Isn’t it interesting how Google chose to have SONY and SAMSUNG to make their Chrome OS notebooks.

    Hmmmm…..yes very interesting……..

    • Ron Schenone

      Google also has Acer, Toshiba and HP, Dell looking into using the Chrome OS. Let us not venture off into conspiracy theories until we know all of the facts. We also need to have this substantiated by independent sources before we can label this as being a truism.

      Though it makes great headlines for us bloggers, we must remember that currently we only have one report from one person. I would not classify this as being an absolute just yet. :-)

  • http://kevinrubin.blogspot.com Kevin Rubin

    Actually, it’s since been debunked as a false positive. No spyware, just a mistake by the detection tool…
    http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/home-it/46257-samsung-spyware-claims-were-false-positively-flung

  • http://twitter.com/majora1991 majora1991

    Wait…..What what is the point in the “Do Not Track” bill again?

  • http://twitter.com/MrGLStacy Graham Stacy

    Good point. I don’t like trusting all of my information to these giant companies. But I prefer people making individual decisions about if they want to use these services or not.

  • http://profiles.google.com/majaelcomo Mark Elliott

    Interesting viewpoint, but only one perspective.

    As a Southern California student in the 70s and 80s, I saw a very different result of the loss of tax funding due to decreased state and local income from property tax revenues. Yes, it was a loss not replaced with anything else. Schools were closed, assets sold and students consolidated into year-round schedules at those schools that remained open. (I recall a junior high school that friends had attended but was closed eventually being converted to a county sheriff’s training facility.) Summer school programs in districts where year-round schedules were not implemented were almost instantly terminated to cut costs, resulting in a loss of opportunity for those needing the extra class time with fewer students competing for the attention of the teacher — and later we wonder why students are allowed to continue to advance with deficient reading and math skills. Athletic programs, music programs, driver’s education and other “non-essential” were curtailed and/or eliminated — is there a connection to the increased gang activities of that era? or increased childhood obesity now?

    Additional sources of revenue were *NOT ALWAYS* found. Some were. But other means of coping with the losses were found, too.

    No, the state didn’t collapse. It adjusted. It adjusted in ways that may not have been considered likely by either proponents or opponents to Proposition 13′s approval. Again, it’s probably a matter of perspective as to whether those adjustments were beneficial or not.

    What kind of adjustments might result in California if the proposed legislation moves forward into law? Are you sure you’ve given *ALL* of the possibilities equal consideration?