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Old 10-09-2008, 05:06 PM   #1
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Asus eeePC bundled with malware


Yes the EeePC does come with MS XP, but just in case that wasn't enough, some other malware has been bundled in too:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2016&tag=nl.e589

Is it just me, or have there been numerous manufacturers affected by that sort of thing in the past few years - PCs with viruses, trojans, etc pre-installed? Oh well, manufacturers usually put on so much crapware anyway that if you use WinDuhs it's best to order the CD from MS and reinstall before you use the PC.
 
Old 10-09-2008, 05:14 PM   #2
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Oh well, manufacturers usually put on so much crapware anyway that if you use WinDuhs it's best to order the CD from MS and reinstall before you use the PC.
That's always been my standard practice. I like knowing that I installed the system to MY liking. Nowadays, the people putting up Windows on torrent sites are more trustworthy than the manufacturers.

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Old 10-09-2008, 09:10 PM   #3
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I was always surprised that the manufacturers did that. They have so much garbage loading when it boots it slows the brand new machine down a lot from what a clean install would be. It seems to defeat the purpose of havinig a new machine almost.
 
Old 10-09-2008, 10:39 PM   #4
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All the more reason to put Linux on your EeePC. Or just buy the linux version to begin with.
 
Old 10-10-2008, 08:05 AM   #5
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The EeePC is the netbook. The Eee Box PC is the desktop machine that's infected with the malware.
 
Old 10-10-2008, 08:59 AM   #6
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Asus ships Eee Box PCs with malware | Zero Day | ZDNet.com
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Asus has confirmed and apologized to customers (press release in Japanese; translated version) for shipping malware on the recently introduced Eee Box desktop computer :
 
  


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