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Security Smart Take: Yes, Samsung tweaked Windows Update settings

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    Samsung has admitted that it's been manipulating Microsoft's Windows Update settings on its PCs, confirming a charge leveled Tuesday by researcher Patrick Barker.

    Specifically, Samsung disabled automatic updates for PCs by setting Windows Update to notify users before downloading or installing fixes and patches. That's less restrictive than what Microsoft recommends; it wants Windows users, particularly consumers, to leave the default Windows Update setting -- "Install updates automatically" -- alone as the best way to ensure the OS is up to date. (Other options include telling users when new updates are available for manual download, or advising them that updates have been downloaded and are ready to install.)

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