nah. not malware i don't think. ran malwarebytes and it got rid of some pup. think it's part of the bloatware that came with the machine. because it got changed again later on (think after some bloatware update) and malwarebytes didn't find anything.
not on the same scale, but essentially the same crap. oems installing all sorts of rubbish and trying their best to make sure you can't get rid of them. this one uses ms anti-theft measures to do it.
and there i was thinking of buying a machine with no hdd/ssd and install my own os.... let's hope they don't fiddle with the bios