If I ever buy a Lenovo, feel free to shoot me.

By on August 13, 2015 3:35:45 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Again! Lenovo actually did it again!

If their rep wasn’t gone the last time, they’ve gone and shoveled the last bit of dirt and filled the grave.

Not gonna detail it…just read it and weep.

“Lenovo used a utility it called Lenovo Service Engine in the BIOS of some products that downloaded a program called OneKey Optimizer to user systems and sent "non-personally identifiable system data" to Lenovo servers.

What makes this particularly worrisome is that Windows files were overwritten on boot, that files were added to the Windows system32 directory, and that a service was set up on the system to transfer the data to Lenovo.

The collected data, according to Lenovo, consists of machine type and model, a system UUID, region and date. Once the data has been submitted successfully the service is automatically disabled on the system. Since the tool is based in the BIOS, it will do its work even if the Lenovo machine is formatted and Windows is installed cleanly afterwards.” – gHacks

Source:

http://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/12/lenovo-once-again-in-hot-waters-over-lenovo-service-engine-bios/?_m=3n%2e0038%2e1697%2ehj0ao01hy5%2e1rhm

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August 13, 2015 4:01:10 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

heh. my uncle had an acer.. and something in there keeps changing homepages to some websearch rubbish

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August 13, 2015 5:17:38 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sounds like malware installed with some program or another...or he didn't uncheck an option in a downloaded "free" bundled program.

Not really the same as what Lenovo did.

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August 13, 2015 5:19:37 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'll stick with my Toshiba thanks.

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August 13, 2015 5:27:32 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

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

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August 13, 2015 6:37:04 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums


If I ever buy a Lenovo, feel free to shoot me.

 

Does this apply if I buy one and have it shipped to you?                           

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August 13, 2015 6:37:50 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

I suspect no ammo will be endangered by this post.

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August 13, 2015 8:07:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,

Does this apply if I buy one and have it shipped to you? 

Because you're demented enough to buy one, I should be shot? Redneck logic. 

ROFLMAO.

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August 13, 2015 8:28:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Muahahahaaaa.....

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August 13, 2015 8:30:14 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I bought a Lenovo gaming headset once. Wiz bought the same item. Mine had a bad mic. His was fine......bummer. Only Lenovo product I ever had, which I gave away, BTW.

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August 13, 2015 8:31:41 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,

Sounds like malware installed with some program or another...or he didn't uncheck an option in a downloaded "free" bundled program.

Not really the same as what Lenovo did.

Yes, I agree with the Dr.  

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August 13, 2015 9:33:50 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Shucks Doc, there's plenty of folks that would shoot you for free, no purchase necessary. Save your money! 

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August 14, 2015 5:21:36 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

For Wiz and Rnd...thanx for the well wishes! Lurv ya! 

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August 14, 2015 6:56:22 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

The likeness is.....um......um.......HAAAA HA HA HA HA!

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August 14, 2015 7:59:01 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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August 14, 2015 8:08:37 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Very good shop, Doc. You really captured the moment.

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August 14, 2015 8:40:01 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hey...shot for free? What about Bux4Doc? All in fun.

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August 14, 2015 12:46:15 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,

Very good shop, Doc. You really captured the moment.

 

Doc, you're really good at that stuff. Awesome!

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August 14, 2015 12:48:30 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums


If I ever buy a Lenovo, feel free to shoot me.

You supplyin' the ammo?

Nah, shooting's a bit extreme.  How about a hanging instead?.... then we can reuse the rope for the next idiot to buy one.

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August 14, 2015 12:49:10 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sorry about the hijack, Doc.

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August 15, 2015 10:07:11 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting starkers,

You supplyin' the ammo?

 

Pow......pow pow!

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August 23, 2015 12:19:46 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Wow, that's some underhanded sneaky sht right there. Imagine the damage one rouge employee could do slipping in something like this to grab your credit card numbers. It's like a factory installed key-logger. If the little manufacturers can get away with it you know the bigger ones will start doing it too. I have a feeling this is only a disturbing sign of more of this kind of behavior coming soon from other companies as well.

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