a bit OT: used laptops, computrace rootkit

S. Dale Morrey sdalemorrey at gmail.com
Sat Mar 22 19:44:33 MDT 2014


Of course you can always just block absolute.com at the router level and
get it added to pr0n filters in general.


On Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM, Michael Torrie <torriem at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 03/22/2014 07:29 PM, Michael Torrie wrote:
> > Moral of the story, don't ever buy used laptops.  Always run Linux.  And
> > even on a new laptop, check the BIOS to see if Computrace is enabled.
> > If it is, return it.  There are reports of several cases where this
> > feature was activated on new machines without the owner's consent.
> > Absolute.com has not proved responsive to these users either.  If it's
> > enabled and you are running Windows
>
>                ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> Forgot to finish that thought.  If it's enabled in the BIOS and
> activated, whenever you are running Windows, it's checking in with
> Absolute.com.
>
>
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