MojoKid writes: Yesterday, rather unfortunate news broke that a few models of new Dell laptops were shipping with eDellRoot, a self-signed root certificate that had its private key stored directly on the affected systems. Needless to say, this represents a rather serious security risk for customers, and is reminiscent of the Superfish debacle that plagued Lenovo earlier this year. For its part, Dell stated yesterday "that security and privacy is a top concern" for the company and that it had a "team investigating the current situation." Thankfully, Dell responded quickly and has given us a rundown on what exactly happened. "The certificate was implemented as part of a support tool and intended to make it faster and easier for our customers to service their system," said Dell's Laura Thomas. "We deeply regret that this has happened and are taking steps to address it." If you simply want the eDellCert off your computer as soon as possible, you can remove it on your own using these Dell-provided instructions [PDF].