Sounds bad. But really, the problem here is more universal and applies to all vendor-supplied software that comes pre-installed on almost every PC.
Besides the fact that much of this software is unnecessary an slows down your PC, check out this indictment by DUO Labs after they performed a security study:
The article cuts to the chase with this quote:
"Spoiler: we broke all of them (some worse than others). Every single vendor had at least one vulnerability that could allow for a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacker to execute arbitrary code as SYSTEM."
What to do?
The easiest solution is to have an expert look at your PC and disable or uninstall unneeded vendor-supplied software.
The best solution is to do a clean install of Windows. And the best way to do that is to, at the same time, pull the original hard drive from your system and add a new solid state drive or SSD. This is actually killing four birds with one stone.
- You'll have a much more secure PC.
- It will speed up by a factor of 1 to 4 times, literally.
- Any other junk or malware that may have crept into your PC will be gone.
- You are guaranteed to have all of your data intact as the original hard drive is untouched and you can then install it in a usb external case and use it for backup.
USB external case on Amazon: http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00OFJ1UK6
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