Usually, your PC may get infected with spyware when you visit dangerous websites, install unknown applications or open questionable attachments in your email inbox. Well, of course, another way would be the manufacturer preloads the spyware in the PC. Apparently, on a guest posting on NetworkWorld, keylogging software was found on a newly bought Samsung laptop.
Update: Samsung Korea issued a statement saying that that the company preinstalls keylogger on R525 and R540 laptop computers are false.
Update: Samsung Korea has issued an official statement that the claims of its laptops being preloaded with spyware are false. The findings showed that the person mentioned in the article used a security program called VIPRE that mistook a folder created by Microsoft’s Live Application for a key logging software, during a virus scan.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
Is Korean manufacturer Samsung spying on its customers with a keylogger software preinstalled on their laptop products? According to news sources,
According to Toronto security researcher Mohammed Hassan, on a posting on NetworkWorld, keylogging software was found on a brand-new Samsung laptop he bought last month. The manufacturer has admitted that the software was intended to "monitor the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used."
Hassan deleted the software and continued to use the laptop, until it developed other problems. He then went to return to the retailer and came home with a slightly better Samsung model – which is also installed with the keylogging software.
The software was a commercial product called StarLogger, which the company says is "completely undetectable and starts up whenever your computer starts up."
Samsung is investigating into this matter at press time.
Meantime, if you do buy a new laptop in future, you may want to do a thorough check to see if there exists any malicious software.