It’s aggravating enough when manufacturers add useless bloatware to their computers, but Samsung may have hit a new low. Why? Because their software is disabling Windows Updates on users’ computers.
If you own a Samsung computer and haven’t uninstalled the bloatware, you’re probably missing out on security fixes and stability fixes from Microsoft. If I were a Samsung user, I’d be ticked; but I’m not, thankfully. Affected users can’t just jump into services.msc and re-enable the Windows Update service to get things going again. If you try, it’s just going to be disabled…again.
This is because the culprit is Samsung’s own system update app. It pulls down a piece of companion software called, get this, disable_windowsupdate.exe. It’s signed with a Samsung certificate and comes from a Samsung server so it has all the makings of an OEM app – even though it behaves more like malware.
Why would Samsung do this? Apparently because their users could wind up with incompatible drivers on their systems if they don’t disable Windows Updates. A Samsung rep told a Microsoft MVP who was trying to figure out what the heck was going on that
if there is USB 3.0 on a laptop, the ports may not work with the installation of updates.
He went on to add that this (disabling) is done as a preventative measure.
There’s your answer. In order to prevent users USB ports from potentially malfunctioning, Samsung thought it was a good idea to put them in danger by installing some malware on their computer’s. Genius. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Samsung’s software land on Microsoft’s blacklist just like older versions of the ASK toolbar.
Good job Samsung. You’ve given us all another reason (like we needed one) to hate OEM bloatware even more. Which, by the way, you can avoid by purchasing a signature PC from a Microsoft store because Microsoft despises bloatware too.