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Lenovo agrees to pay $3.5 million fine for Superfish, promises not to do it again

A few years after Lenovo was caught pre-installing adware on computers without informing customers, the company has reached a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission and 32 state attorneys general from across the United States. Among other things, Lenovo will pay $3.5 million, get consent from customers before installing any similar software in the […]

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Windows will block Superfish-style adware starting in April, 2016

Earlier this year Lenovo got in hot water for shipping computers with pre-installed software called Superfish that was designed to replace the ads in websites with, well, other ads. The problem is that it does this by hijacking your internet connection in a way that could pose a security risk and expose your data when you think […]

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Bye Bye Bloatware: Lenovo promises cleaner, safer PCs (Superfish fallout)

Lenovo says it will stop pre-loading unnecessary software on its computers later this year. In a statement released today, the company says when it launches its first PCs running Windows 10 software they’ll be free of all bloatware and adware. The announcement comes at a time when Lenovo is taking a lot of flak for […]

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Lenovo is rethinking bloatware in a post-Superfish world

Last week Lenovo acknowledged that it had been shipping consumer PCs with software called Superfish which the company now acknowledges added no value for users… and which it turns out also compromised the security of the computers which were running the software. The company subsequently released tools to remove Superfish from all of its computers […]

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How to tell if your Lenovo PC has Superfish, and what to do about it

This week Lenovo confirmed reports that it had been shipping computers with software called Superfish that intercepts internet traffic, injects third-party ads, and poses a potential security risk (although Lenovo denies that last part). The company stopped loading Superfish on its computers in January and shut down the servers that enable the software… although that […]

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Lenovo in hot water over preinstalled software ‘Superfish,’ confirms it is gone

Earlier today, TheNextWeb reported to have found evidence that Lenovo had been preinstalling adware software from Superfish on brand new computers. Complaints on the customer forums point to adware that injects third-party advertisements onto Google searches and websites without the user’s permission. Not long after the news spread wide, Lenovo contacted TechCrunch to confirm that […]