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No, this program isn't a virus, but it's still dangerous

No, this program isn't a virus, but it's still dangerous
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You know that when you buy a new computer, it's going to have lots of software on it besides Windows. It might a trial for security software, random games, utilities or other "value-added" software.

I call it bloatware because it usually does nothing but slow down your system and hog lots of your hard drive space. I've written before about tools to help you get rid of it; click here to download a good one. However, this extra software is becoming more than just an annoyance.

Lenovo already got in trouble for installing the SuperFish software that opened some of its laptops to hackers. Now, Dell is in hot water for a similar problem.

Specifically, the problem is Dell's pre-installed diagnostic software called Dell System Detect. It's meant to figure out what's wrong with an unstable computer and help fix it. Unfortunately, it has a huge security hole.

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