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Top Story: Windows 10 laptops loaded with security issues - here's what to do

Top Story: Windows 10 laptops loaded with security issues - here's what to do
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We've told you before that the "free" software that's pre-loaded on your computers can be a nightmare. That bloatware may be free but there are a couple of problems with it.

One, if you don't want lots of software bogging down your computer and slowing it down, it's annoying. Two, and much worse, some of that software is a gateway for malware and other security problems.

Now, we're finding out that several top-selling laptop brands like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo don't encrypt some of their pre-installed programs while others use easy-to-crack encryption.

The bottom line is, hackers can easily break into these programs to infect your computer with malware, institute man-in-the-middle attacks, give hackers escalated privileges to your computer, and remotely run code on your computer.

Cybersecurity experts examined computers running Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system and its Windows 8.1. What they found is nothing short of alarming, including Windows Signature laptops that aren't supposed to have bloatware.

They found 12 security holes in these programs, half of which are ranked high-severity vulnerabilities.

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