a bit OT: used laptops, computrace rootkit
torriem at gmail.com
Sun Mar 23 21:14:36 MDT 2014
On 03/23/2014 06:38 PM, plug.mailing-list wrote:
> I've purchased two computers in the past year. Both PC's came with
> Win8 installed, but have been running Linux since then. Here are my
> findings after reading your email (and linked article):
> I purchased a refurbished Dell Inspiron 3520 from Costco (it had been
> opened and returned). UEFI listed a single setting for Computrace as
> 'deactivated' (no option to permanently deactivate).
> I purchased a new Lenovo T430 directly from Lenovo. UEFI listed
> Computrace as 'enabled' but there was also a second setting that was
> 'deactivated'. I was able to change both settings to 'permanently
> disabled' and 'permanently deactivated'.
My laptop shows Computrace as enabled and activated. So if Windows ever
runs on it, it will be tracking the laptop. If I was still running
Windows I think I would try contacting Absolute to get it deactivated
and then permanently disable the thing. Windows never did run well when
I got it (OS would hang frequently). I thought it might be a failing
SSD, but I now think it was CompuTrace. Suffice it to say it runs great
on Linux, and Windows is now relegated to a virtual machine.
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