Many Samsung laptop users have recently found, or may still be unaware, that software from Samsung is disabling Microsoft’s automatic Windows Updates, leaving these devices susceptible to attacks and vulnerabilities that may have been preventable. Even if users disable the Samsung software and manually turn Windows Updates back on, the computer will revert back to blocking Windows Updates once it is rebooted.
Disabling Windows Updates, or at least attempting to, is a fairly common tactic across many types of malware. This prevents the user from being prompted or automatically having updates and patches installed that will reduce the infected machine’s vulnerability to this and other strands of malware. Samsung, however, may be the first legitimate hardware manufacturer to intentionally disable Windows Updates.