Chinese firm labeled bloatware as Microsoft security update

Microsoft usually releases security updates for its various products on the second Tuesday of each month, otherwise known as "Patch Tuesday". For most Windows users, the downloads are automatic and don't require any action from the PC owner. Now there's word that the Chinese government has accused a company of hiding a software download with the label of a Microsoft security update.

TechinAsia has translated a report that was issued this week from China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce department that accuses the company Qihoo of making it extremely hard for users to uninstall their PC programs. They also claim that Qihoo used its software to make users think their web browsers were unsafe.

All of these actions are pretty bad but the worst came last August, when Qihoo tried to make people believe they needed to download what it said was a Microsoft security update, with the number KB360018, that was supposed to close "an extremely dangerous security leak." In fact, those folks who download the "security patch" got Qihoo’s 360 Browser software installed instead.

The worst part? The government's report on Qihoo is basically just a "warning" to the company; there's no word if China plans to actually go after and punish Qihoo for how it distributes its software.

Source: TechinAsia
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I saw this 360 suite a few years ago, terrific update manager I must say. It detected that Microsoft Office was missing and offered to install it for free "legally"


9_9

Is it just me or is this headline hard to follow? I read and reread it a few times and still had no idea what the article would be about until I read the whole thing.

Since when did the Chinese care about taking a brand item and copying it? Oh I see, this time they don't benefit from it...

LOL that's incredibely clever really good thinking of the guys who did this ROFL
I love how they used the whole design identically from firefox xD

I thought most of the Chinese Windows copies are pirated, so in anyway most of the users would be avoiding the Microsoft Update delivery in fear of getting blocked !!!

On a serious note, Microsoft Windows is a property and private rights are applied to it. Since its not a public service or public product, I doubt if gov spontaneously take action unless makers of this software lodges a official complain against the violator.

May be lower percentage of legal user base made MS overlook this issue ??

Choto Cheeta said,
I thought most of the Chinese Windows copies are pirated, so in anyway most of the users would be avoiding the Microsoft Update delivery in fear of getting blocked !!!

On a serious note, Microsoft Windows is a property and private rights are applied to it. Since its not a public service or public product, I doubt if gov spontaneously take action unless makers of this software lodges a official complain against the violator.

May be lower percentage of legal user base made MS overlook this issue ??


The gov only taking care of the issue if something has happened to them.