Windows Defender removes potentially dangerous Dell certificate
Days after security experts identified a self-signed root certificate that could allow attackers to gain access to some Dell PCs, Microsoft is using its built-in security software to neutralize the threat.
I checked Certificate Manager before running the cleanup operation and confirmed that the vuilnerable DSDTestProvider certificate was installed. After the cleanup operation completed, it was gone.
The quick response should be a feather in the cap for Microsoft's Security Response group, Ironically, it won't be available for Dell owners whose PCs shipped with third-party antivirus software that's still installed and up to date.
Update: In the comments, several people have asked whether the root certificate will be reinstalled along with Dell System Detect. The answer is no, according tothis support article from Dell. I have confirmed via my own testing that the current release does not install this or any other certificate.