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Samsung performs U-turn on Windows Update disabler.

Samsung Electronics on Friday announced it would release a tool to counter its own SW Update facility that was caught disabling the auto-feature on Windows Update, The Register reported.

Last week an independent security researcher investigating the random

disabling of Microsoft's automatic maintenance feature, found the culprit to be

a program called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe, which he said was bundled with SW

Update, a proprietary driver updater that ships with Samsung PCs. The researcher pointed out that disabling Windows Update could put machines at risk of cyber attack.

A Samsung technical support engineer explained to The Register

that the bloatware disabled Windows own feature to stop Microsoft automatically

patching Samsung machines with default drivers, instead of those the South

Korean firm had written to work optimally with its own hardware. However, a subsequent

official statement from Samsung said the company did not disable Windows Update

and invited customers to call an 800 number if they had any concerns.

Microsoft, meanwhile, reiterated earlier standard statements

that it "[did] not recommend disabling or modifying Windows Update in any way

as this could expose a customer to increased security risks".

Samsung's statement announcing amended updates said it the

company had "a commitment to security and we continue to value our partnership

with Microsoft". The allusion to the OEM partnership led The Register to

speculate that Microsoft may have had a hand in Samsung's rapid response. Redmond

may not only be concerned with security but with system stability on consumer

machines after the release of Windows 10, which will need frequent patching in

the early days.

"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," Samsung announced in its

statement. "Samsung remains committed to providing a trustworthy user

experience and we encourage customers with product questions or concerns to

contact us directly."

Samsung's U-turn mirrors a similar adjustment to

that of Lenovo, which had to release a software tool in February to

automatically remove its Superfish Visual Discovery adware from PCs, after

security specialists accused it of spying on traffic between browser and

server, and faking certificates to plant adverts in secure websites.

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