Microsoft Purges Malicious eDellRoot Certificate

A must read for anyone that owns a Laptop

If you own a Laptop you need to read this.  More especially if you have a recently bought one from Dell

Dell Computers Security Flaw

Did you know that recently some Dell computers were shipped to clients with a security flaw? Yes such things happen! It also happened when Lenovo sent out their Computers with a security flaw called Superfish. The Dell security flaw is called eDellRoot. It is similar to Superfish. This is not a something that you get after buying your computer. According to Microsoft all Dell computers running windows  are affected with un-friendly certificate. 

What is eDellRoot?

This is a root certificate that comes with a generic security key assumed to compromise certain Dell windows machines. This certificate comes pre-installed in the Dell Computers. Can you imagine what would happen if your windows is compromised? Many people were concerned that the root certificate could be used to issue other certificates to spoof content, spoof domains and even worse carry out phishing attacks. Alternatively the root certificates could also carry out man-in-the-middle attacks.  Hackers can also bypass HTTPS protection protocols by forging certificates that imitate it. When this happens any legitimate website can be imitated without the user ever knowing.

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What is the solution?

Dell responded by correcting the flaw. All you have to do is follow instructions on how to remove the certificate below. In addition to that, an update was also provided by Dell that would remove the Certificate automatically. Famous manufacturer also plans to remove the eDellRoot from all their future systems..

Since this certificate compromises Windows operating system, Microsoft had to step in. The Good news is that Microsoft has come up with tools that will remove the eDellRoot automatically!

Update your operating systems and use following software to purge eDellRoot from your computers:

The following software by Microsoft is free to be used:

  1. Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
  2. Windows defender (for Windows 8 and Windows 10)
  3. Windows Safety Scanner
  4. Microsoft Security Essentials (for Windows 7 and Windows Vista)

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