Latest Microsoft 'Stealth Update' Slows PCs to a Crawl

Susan Hall

After a dust-up last month about Windows updating itself without permission, The Register reports Microsoft has installed the resource-hogging Windows Desktop Search 3.01 on machines across companies, even in systems configured not to use the program. The result, according to The Inquirer:

The moment that Windows Desktop Search 3.01 is downloaded, it sniffs through your hard-drive and indexes it at the speed of an asthmatic tortoise dragging an unwilling elephant to lunch.

PCPro reports that when uninstalled, it tries again to install the program unless specifically told not to. Microsoft reportedly is looking into the issue.

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