Samsung to Re-Enable Windows Update this Week

Samsung to Re-Enable Windows Update this Week

Samsung Quietly disables Windows Updates on their Laptops

Samsung to Re-Enable Windows Update this Week


Samsung are going to Re-Enable Windows Update this Week after it was revealed that they were automatically disabling Windows Update for their users, potentially leaving PCs insecure and leaving Samsung users with older drivers and other software. 

The app in question is named Disable_Windowsupdate.exe, which is installed on systems without the users knowledge. It is intended to prevent Windows update from writing over Samsung's proprietary drivers with default drivers, preventing sudden system incompatibility but sadly it does not just block these specific updates but all Windows updates, leaving computers with gaps in it's security. Even if the user re-enables Windows update the app will disable it again.  

In a statement to Venturebeat Samsung said that they are working on patching Samsung laptops in order for Windows Update to operate normally again. 


“Samsung has a commitment to security and we continue to value our partnership with Microsoft,”

“We will be issuing a patch through the Samsung Software Update notification process to revert back to the recommended automatic Windows Update settings within a few days. "


Samsung Quietly disables Windows Updates on their Laptops


What is most concerning about this is that Samsung laptops do not ship with this application, instead their laptops download it silently in the backround, without the user even knowing that it is happening. Disable_Windowsupdate.exe is signed with Samsung’s security certificate, confirming that Samsung did create the application.

Everything about this is a severe breach of trust. Disabling Windows update is unacceptable, so is installing anything covertly and without the users knowledge, worse still is the fact that the app is installed by via a non-secure protocol, meaning that is the server delivering the app was compromised almost anything could be installed through this backdoor without the PCs users knowing. 

Thankfully Samsung is now addressing the issue, allowing their users to update their Windows OS freely and without restrictions, which while it may cause some issues with some Samsung software, it leaves Windows in a more secure and up to date state.


You can join the discussion on Samsung disabling "Disable_Windowsupdate.exe" on the OC3D Forums.  


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Most Recent Comments

29-06-2015, 11:57:31

Yeah after they got caught red handed they had to "fix" the issue before the storm spreaded.... Never forgive, never forget. Samsung... lenovo...Quote

29-06-2015, 12:33:35

Originally Posted by Thelosouvlakia View Post
Yeah after they got caught red handed they had to "fix" the issue before the storm spreaded.

Welcome to Technology. Google et al are just as bad.Quote

29-06-2015, 16:00:45

They probably couldn't have waited this one out Quote

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