HP has acknowledged that software capable of recording a user's keystrokes was pre-installed on hundreds of models of its laptops.
HP's special support page about the situation mentions that the bug can affect "all Synaptics OEM partners", which suggests that any laptop brand that uses Synaptics for keyboard and trackpad control can be affected.
More than 46o HP laptop models were affected by the security vulnerability, prompting HP to issue a software patch.
He said the keylogger was disabled by default, but an attacker with access to the computer could have enabled it to record what a user was typing. "They replied terrifically fast, confirmed the presence of the keylogger (which actually was a debug trace) and released an update that removes the trace", he shared. The keylogger is hidden inside the Synaptics driver for the touchpad and keyboard.
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After consulting with HP he learned the keylogger is present within a huge range of Envy, Elitebook, Pavillion and ProBook laptops, dating all the way back to 2012.
Fortunately for owners of the affected laptops - which include models from almost every HP line, such as Pavillion, Envy and Spectre - ZwClose noted that the technology needs to be enabled by editing the Windows Registry, and could be erased by simply updating Windows.
This isn't the first time keylogging software has been found on HP laptops. Once you have that, scroll down the security bulletin until you find your model and download the accompanying update. You will need your laptop's model number to grab the right one.
At press time, HP had not responded to a request for comment regarding this issue. Taking the few minutes necessary to patch your PC could save you from a world of hurt later on if your PC were to be compromised.