Lenovo Slipped Superfish Malware Into Laptops (Windows 8.1)
If you have missed the security furor over Lenovo pre-installing adware (antispyware catagory of antimalware products) you may want to check out these news links for information, degree of danger, and most importantly removal instructions (easy).
It is absolutely recommended to remove this immediately by all. Lenovo has been caught and publicly apologized. Just about all new computers come with what they used to call “bloatware” which is a handful of extra softwares which some may find useful. They take up space and may even slow down performance. But this is a big no-no Lenovo has done. It became as infamous as the Sony Rootkit malware they bundled in downloads, of music I believe it was, a good while ago.
A snippet…. (Removal help/instructions below)
“…The furor blew up because Lenovo installed Superfish adware on consumer laptops sold between September 2014 and January 2015. All these laptops were running Microsoft Windows 8.1. Your laptop fits the time frame, but you may have escaped for two reasons. First, Superfish was not installed on Lenovo’s business machines, such as ThinkPads. Second, it was not installed on laptops running Windows 7, which is still the business standard…..”
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Superfish Uninstall Instructions (Lenovo Website)
NOTE: Please download and run the Automatic Removal tool executable to ensure complete removal of Superfish and Certificates for all major browsers.
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