Not malware, but chewed up huge resources (way too many handles and threads) on my system until it began causing other programs to crash.
Came installed on my Dell laptop, part of Media Direct and related to Cyberlink Power Cinema.
During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC.
He is also a member of Mensa and the American Parliamentary Debate Association.
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EDIT: Is there any option to customize it without running Dell's Dell Quick Set as suggested.
Did you reformat the hard drive and load a different OS? Dell Media Direct usually is an option for Windows, but you mention Ubuntu.