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Sony installed and activated public software on my new computer without my permission!


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#1 of 2 Paul Hillenbrand

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Posted July 17 2011 - 04:49 AM

Do you wonder why your fan is running when your computer is idle? FYI: Found a program running on my Sony VAIO VPCF2190X laptop that Sony installed without my permission to use my computer publicly when I'm not.:mad: It is called "World Community Grid". What gets me very upset is that NO ONE ASKED MY PERMISSION to activate it! :mad: Found this link to Sony Computers to install BOINC (WCG) on new Computers. Others seem to have the same concern:

I don't want this crap on my computer! We are a business and bought a high end Sony laptop for a work at home graphics artist consultant. While checking user accounts I find a boinc_master and a boinc_project in the Administrators group. I said "what the heck is that?" Only after a lot of searching on the web do I find this forum and a few others with some info about BOINC. There is nothing about it in Sony literature, no (W7) All Programs folders, nothing in (W7 Control Panel) Programs and Features.

Would like to hear comments and opinions. Thanks, Paul
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#2 of 2 Clinton McClure

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Posted July 26 2011 - 05:30 AM

After Sony's notorious rootkit debacle back in 2005, I abandoned them for all my consumer electronics products. It seems they have not changed their business practices much over the years.