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Thread: Samsung deliberately disabling Windows Update !?

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    Default Samsung deliberately disabling Windows Update !?


    Samsung deliberately disabling Windows Update the way the user intends it to.

    Windows Update getting randomly reset to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download or install them", after every single reboot of Windows.
    It was figured out eventually after using auditpol.exe and registry security auditing (shown below later),
    that the program that was responsible for resetting Windows Update was Disable_Windowsupdate.exe, which is part of Samsung's SW Update software.

    SW Update is your typical OEM updating software that will update your Samsung drivers, the bloatware that came on your Samsung machine, etc.
    The only difference between other OEM updating software is, Samsung's disables Windows Update from working as the user intends it to.

    And Samsungs explanation for this behaviour is really good: "It is not true that we are blocking a Windows 8.1 operating system update on our computers.
    As part of our commitment to consumer satisfaction, we are providing our users with the option to choose if and when they want to update the Windows software on their products," said Samsung.
    We take product security very seriously and we encourage any Samsung customer with product questions or concerns to contact us."

    Another version of Superfish....?

    Read the full story: Debugging and reverse engineering: Samsung deliberately disabling Windows Update the way the user intends it to

    Note: The original text slighly edited by me to make it easier to read.

    Last edited by hackerman1; 29th June 2015 at 15:20.
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    That was indeed a wrong move on their part.

    They appear to have bowed to the pressure now and will re-enable Windows Update.

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