Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Nov 2015 17:57 UTC

Malware means software designed to function in ways that mistreat or harm the user. (This does not include accidental errors.) This page explains how Microsoft software is malware.

Malware and nonfree software are two different issues. The difference between free software and nonfree software is in whether the users have control of the program or vice versa. It's not directly a question of what the program does when it runs. However, in practice nonfree software is often malware, because the developer's awareness that the users would be powerless to fix any malicious functionalities tempts the developer to impose some.


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Uninstall other software without warning...
by Arawn on Thu 26th Nov 2015 18:19 UTC
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I just read this:

This guy updated one Windows 10 computer with the Fall Update, and found out that during the update other software was uninstalled, without any warning.

Now I ask you all: if any other software did this you would categorize it as malware, wouldn't you?

More worrying is the trend on reports of uninstalled software: all anti-malware or system utilities. Might be that the algorithms that decide what software to uninstall are picky when it comes to software that interacts directly with the system. Still, this is alarming, for obvious reasons.

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