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Energizer Installing Trojan Malware With Battery Charger

Energizer's DUO Charger is a battery charger for NiMH (nickel metal hydride) rechargable batteries. (This isn't the same as USB batteries that have a built-in USB port on the batteries themselves.) Energizer provided a nice little desktop app for computers so that the user could see the charge status of cialis china their batteries along with the charger. We're not sure what the look there levitra alternative point of this is, really. I mean, is the indicator light on the charger not enough for you?

Unfortunately, that app included a Trojan that would compromise security and open a back door for unauthorized access on Windows machines. The trojan allows files to be sent and executed on your machine without your permission. There are alerts about this from both the computer security company Symantec as well as from US-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team). Energizer has an advisory notice on their site where the software was downloaded from.

Only users with Windows computers who downloaded the software are at risk; there is noting in the battery charger hardware itself that threatens computers. If you have installed this software, which you would have had to cheap cialis from india seek out and download separately, you need to uninstall it to prevent it from putting your computer system at risk.

[Edit to add: It's pretty clear that Energizer was not a willing party to this.  They have stopped providing the software for download and put out the soft levitra tablets announcement about the problem.  They also note they are "currently working with both CERT and U.S. government officials to
understand how the code was inserted in the software."]

My advice, never install software for a piece of hardware that obviously doesn't need it. Battery chargers should charge batteries, there's no reason to make that relationship more complicated.

Link: Energizer advisory (PDF)

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What are they really up to?
written by Frank, March 29, 2010
The batteries ,charger and software are all probably of Chinese manufacture. What isn't made in China these days.

It is fiendishly clever of them to develop a trojan which can be spread simply by inserting batteries into a computer.

I suspect that they will not be content until every computer in the USA is under the control of Chinese virus and trojan wranglers.
Wasted CPU cycles...
written by hyperspaced, March 30, 2010
Has anyone wondered how much energy is wasted from unnecessary applications that eat up CPU cycles?
Laptop and Trojan
written by Chris, March 31, 2010
Yes too many unnecessary apps and people wander why their laptop gets so slow. Even small things like this probably was loading up every time they turn the computer on all adds up over time.

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