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Microsoft now treats some Windows tuneup apps as malware

There are some system cleaner apps for Windows that do a pretty good job of freeing up disk space. Some also claim to free up RAM or improve performance in other ways. Microsoft doesn’t officially take a stance on these apps… but the company is putting putting its foot down in regard to a subset of these […]

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Update: Microsoft isn’t treating the Ask Toolbar as malware (unlike you)

It turns out Microsoft doesn’t really think the Ask Toolbar is malware. The company updated its anti-malware tools recently and flagged the software that comes bundled with the Java installer for Windows computers as high-risk software which should be automatically detected and removed. But it turns out Microsoft was only talking about an older version of the toolbar… not the […]

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Microsoft now considers the Ask Toolbar to be malware

I’m not sure anybody has ever installed the Ask Toolbar on purpose. But plenty of people have probably installed the browser add-on accidentally, since the installer is bundled with the installer for Java. Don’t want a toolbar that changes your default search provider, takes up screen space, and can be terribly difficult to uninstall? Neither […]

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Bye Bye Bloatware: Lenovo promises cleaner, safer PCs (Superfish fallout)

Lenovo says it will stop pre-loading unnecessary software on its computers later this year. In a statement released today, the company says when it launches its first PCs running Windows 10 software they’ll be free of all bloatware and adware. The announcement comes at a time when Lenovo is taking a lot of flak for […]

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Lenovo is rethinking bloatware in a post-Superfish world

Last week Lenovo acknowledged that it had been shipping consumer PCs with software called Superfish which the company now acknowledges added no value for users… and which it turns out also compromised the security of the computers which were running the software. The company subsequently released tools to remove Superfish from all of its computers […]

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Microsoft to crack down on malicious browser add-ons in 2015

Earlier this year Microsoft announced that it would begin cracking down on Windows software designed to hijack web browsers in specific ways. Now the company is laying out a timeline for enforcement: starting in January Microsoft’s security products will begin flagging certain types of software as “browser modifiers” or adware. Specifically, Microsoft is taking aim […]

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Google now constantly scans your installed Android apps for malware

Google is adding a new layer of security to Android. The company already scanned apps uploaded to the Google Play Store for known malware, and offered users an option of monitoring all the apps you install on your device to detect malware if you’re using apps from other sources. But sometimes a problem is discovered […]