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Your computer could secretly be turning off Windows Update

Your computer could secretly be turning off Windows Update
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If you have a Samsung-made computer, you might not be so happy after reading this article. The major manufacturer off all things electronic recently let one issue slide and now its computer customers are left without vital Windows updates.

One Microsoft employee noticed the issue when helping a customer troubleshoot a Samsung computer and posted the issue on his blog. Users originally thought the Windows Update was being shut down randomly, without cause, but they later found that there was a definite source to the problem.

Samsung's own update program was running a file called, "Disable_Windowsupdate.exe." This file made it possible for the Samsung computer to stop the Windows Update utility from installing important, revised versions of its software.

This issue can cause problems with your computer security, run times and, obviously, the updates that your Windows software needs to function properly. This issue has been known since last April and there has yet to be a solution from the developers over at Samsung.

Hackers are known to spend a lot of time chipping away at Windows Update, so disabling it completely is a huge issue that needs to addressed right away. This flaw in its own update program is going to open the door to potentially millions of cyberattacks and the results could be devastating.

The only explanation that has been given by Samsung was directed to the man who discovered the flaw while working with the frustrated customer, Patrick Barker.

They told Baker, "When you enable Windows updates, it will install the Default Drivers for all the hardware no laptop which may or may not work. For example if there is USB 3.0 on laptop, the ports may not work with the installation of updates. So to prevent this, SW Update tool will prevent the Windows updates."

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Source: VentureBeat
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