Samsung Will Stop Breaking Windows Update With Its Crappy Bloatware

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Earlier this week, a Microsoft security researcher wrote a scathing account of how Samsung’s SW Update tool (installed by default on all Samsung PCs) is disabling Windows Update, potentially leaving millions of computers vulnerable to critical security flaws. Thankfully, Samsung’s crack bloatware programmers have seen the light, and are pushing an update.

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Samsung provided the following statement to Gizmodo, confirming the update:

“Samsung has a commitment to security and we continue to value our partnership with Microsoft. We will be issuing a patch through the Samsung Software Update notification process to revert back to the recommended automatic Windows Update settings within a few days.”

An apology (or admission that breaking Windows Update in the first place was a really dick move) would’ve been nice, but we’ll take our functioning Windows Updates in either case. If you’re using a Samsung PC and haven’t uninstalled SW Update yet, keep your eyes peeled for an update in the next few days.

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DISCUSSION

gobbledigook2
gobbledigook2

I don’t really consider SWUpdate as bloatware, much as I don’t consider Lenovo ThinkVantage System Update as bloatware: it’s a utility that pulls in system drivers for you, from the manufacturer. When refurbishing or reinstalling Windows on a computer, using one of these utilities makes the process faster and easier.

(I’m not defending SWUpdate’s disabling of Windows Update, I’m defending it as not being ‘bloatware’.)