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Computer maker Lenovo is shipping a malware-infected software package to Windows XP users, according to warning from anti-virus researchers at Microsoft.

The malicious file was identified by Microsoft as Win32/Meredrop, a Trojan dropper that is used to install and execute multiple malicious executables on an infected computer. Other anti-virus vendors are detecting the threat as a 'hooligan' virus or a porn dialer. It was found the Lenovo Trust Key software for Windows XP, a digitally signed driver package available to Windows XP SP2 users.

The infected software is used to install the Lenovo Security Logon and the Lenovo Private folder applications for use with the Lenovo Trust Key (also known as Lenovo Insider Key).

[ SEE: Malware-infected USB drives distributed at security conference ]
My sources tell me the Lenovo package contains lots of files, including the one with the embedded malware. At first glance, the malicious file contains functional, but buggy code and attemps to infect files, spread across the network and USB drives.

 

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And people wonder why I " go through the trouble" of building my own PC....
 

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And people wonder why I " go through the trouble" of building my own PC....


HAHAHA! ditto!
 

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And people wonder why I " go through the fun" of building my own PC....


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I found a virus on my friends Mainboard CD
 

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I guess they can't help it if one of their employees writes a virus and puts it on there... but can't they at least scan stuff for common viruses? I mean, this being detected by AV software means all they had to do was scan it.
 

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This is probably because the computer that autoloads software onto the hard disks when Lenovo's are shipped out was contaminated via the Internets or USB pen. I very much doubt it was done on purpose by an employee.
 

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I wish OEMs would stop shipping machines with all this crap, if I were a Windows user I'd be pissed (Norton, bloatware, AND virii... lol).
 

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I wish OEMs would stop shipping machines with all this crap, if I were a Windows user I'd be pissed (Norton, bloatware, AND virii... lol).
exactly this is the stuff that actually makes windows unstable and looks like crap vs mac OS systems. IN mac OS systems theres is NO crap thats why it runs 10X better than windows with crap. I call OEM builders with windows, "windows trash"........custom build you dont get any of that and is stable minus the OCers of course.
 

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You guys have to take into account that 90% of people that buy from companies like Dell have absolutely no idea about software and don't want the hassle. It's all right for your nerds, but for those not in the know, it works fine.
 

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And people wonder why I " go through the trouble" of building my own PC....



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HAHAHA! ditto!


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I found a virus on my friends Mainboard CD

That's all good and fair, but something like this could happen with drivers/applications for motherboards we use to build our own PC's too--it doesn't sound like something limited to affecting people who buy prebuilt computers (I mean, it's not like this is limited to lenovo people--any disgruntled software engineer writing apps and drivers for motherboards could integrate malicious code/malware/viruses and we'd be no better off just 'cause we built our own rigs...like what Ecchi-BANZAII!!! said...)

anyone know where the malware came from? I mean, any word on if they've limited it to one person?
 

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For all you know, a virus could come on a driver CD for a high end Asus, Gigabyte, XFX motherboard.

It's not simply an OEM problem
 

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It sucks for people who may not know anything about computers to get something like that on their computer. They may not even try to remove it, thinking that it is supposed to be there because it came from a reputable source.

For me and I'm sure a few others here, I see all that bloatware, trial crap, malware and whatever extras as all the same stuff. What sucks for us is knowing that removing all of that stuff leaves us with a not so fresh Windows installation.

I don't even bother trying to find and remove everything anymore. Once some tests and benches are done to make sure hardware is good. Those computers get a reformat and fresh OS install.
 

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And people wonder why I " go through the trouble" of building my own PC....


No kidding, right? Not to mention that you can OC then....
 

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I guess they can't help it if one of their employees writes a virus and puts it on there... but can't they at least scan stuff for common viruses? I mean, this being detected by AV software means all they had to do was scan it.

They use McAffe or Norton, they can't find anything wrong
 

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Whew, good thing I did a fresh install. The lenovo software sucks anyway.

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And people wonder why I " go through the trouble" of building my own PC....


Building your own PC is no trouble at all! Isn't building your own machine great though? I love it. Good luck building your own laptop though.
 

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Good luck building your own laptop though.

Exactly. People complain about OEM's but the fact of the matter is we wouldn't have laptops without them.

Ill admit that I would probably turn and run if someone asked me to rip a laptop to peices then rebuild it. (Would be fun figuring out though
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Thats the problem with basing your operations in China. I'm sure there are making enough money out of that to cover any negative PR they might receive.

Personally, the first thing I did when I got my laptop was reinstall my own copy of Vista.
 

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is it just that the chinese or a lesser people and so more prone to do something like this?

I ddon't believe it is a chinese based issue at all as something like this can and will happen anywhere.
 

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I guess I was wrong when I said, "PCs are cheap because the prices are subsidized by adware." Now they're subsidized by malware!
 
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