An Argument for free software

I am reposting this from the Devon and Cornwall LUG Blog.

It seems Lenovo the PC  / Laptop makers have been installing spyware on their PC’s without the users knowledge or consent

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31533028

I think this is a good reason to either re-install your OS when you get a new computer.  Normally you get install / restore media or the option to make this,  however in this case if the spyware is pre-installed it could be on these restore cds.  so you will be no better off,  you can possibly get a removal tool, but these removal tools usually end up putting other malware on to your computer,  removing it is a PITA.

A BETTER OPTION

Install a free and open source OS such as Mint, Ubuntu or a pure free software and take back control of your computer.

Join a GNU / Linux user group so you can learn more.

This is also a good reason why you need to know more about what your computer is doing..  So YOU stay in control of your data, personal information and IP.