New HP's come preloaded with spyware?

By shadowstalker ยท 5 replies
Aug 10, 2008
  1. OK, here is the deal. I'm in the market for a new computer. One of my friends informed me that HP desktops are preloaded with a lot of spyware. Has anyone else heard about this? What computer brands do it, and which ones do not? I want to make sure I purchase one that doesn't have any junk..

    Thanks to anyone that helps!
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    ALL computers come with some preloaded software. Some are trial programs or 'come-ons' to the full program. This might be a nuisance to some, but it does not mean it's spyware.

    You need to do your own research into the different brands of computers. See what software will be loaded. Be prepared to clean any system up when you get it.

    But I have never heard such a damning statement about HP systems and you and your friend would do well to examine the true meaning of spyware. Unless you build and load a system yourself, you will not find any without some junk! And understand that what might be 'junk' to one person, might be something another person wants!
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,123   +982

    preinstalled malware can/does occur :(

    Posted on 17.11.2007 at 11:27 in Tech News by Martin
    The Taipei Times is reporting that around 1,800 new 300GB and 500GB external hard drives
    manufactured by Maxtor shipped with malware on them.

    More Recently;
    Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
    Apr 7, 2008 12:00 pm
    Hewlett-Packard has been selling USB-based hybrid flash-floppy drives that were pre-infected
    with malware, the company said last week in a security bulletin.

    If a compromised drive is plugged into a USB port on any machine on the network, the
    worms may spread "to any mapped drives on the server," HP's alert said.

    The problem isn't limited to HP and the flash-floppy drives it sells for its servers.
    In January, big-box retailer Best Buy Co. admitted it sold digital photo frames during
    the 2007 holidays that contained malware. Best Buy did not recall the frames.

    highly recommend reading the whole article!

    take away: those USB ports are the current 'port of entry' to almost every system.
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Thank you jobeard, I had read that. But I took it to be a one time breach. And I took the comment in the post to mean that all HP systems are shipping with malware. Guess it just depends on how you read it.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,123   +982

    yep; sometimes we read into the article different things.

    the take away is IT DOES HAPPEN :( GRRRRRR!
  6. shadowstalker

    shadowstalker TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Thanks for your comments! I'm not tech savy so hearing about spyware made me nervous about buying a new computer.
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