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Your PC may come with malware pre-installed

David Jeffers | Sept. 17, 2012
It is rare to find a new PC that doesn't come with additional bells and whistles in addition to the operating system itself. The "bloatware" that PC vendors add on often includes useful tools like third-party security software. It seems, though, that some PCs also come with something more insidious--pre-installed malware.

Regardless, don't assume that just because your PC or mobile device is brand new that it must be safe and free from malware. And, you might not want to trust the pre-installed security software, either, since you can't verify that it's legitimate and free from malware itself. Make sure you install a reliable cross-device security tool to detect and identify malware that may already be present.

 

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