PC Pro reports recovery DVDs that come with some of ASUS' laptops feature some rather interesting files such as internal ASUS and Microsoft documents, source code for ASUS software and even a directory with cracks and serial numbers for a variety of software packages.
The startling discovery was made by a PC Pro reader whose antivirus software was triggered by a key cracker for the WinRAR compression software, which was located on the recovery DVD for his Asus laptop.
He discovered a number of other suspicious files, including:
* A directory called "Crack" that appears to contain serial numbers for other software packages
* A directory containing a large number of confidential Microsoft documents for PC manufacturers, including associated keys and program files
* Various internal Asus documents and source code for Asus software
The reader sent the disc to PC Pro, and we can confirm the existence of such files.
The key cracker is found in the WinRAR application folder on the recovery disc and is credited to "Freddy Cruger".