Friday, 20 February 2015 15:36
Lenovo has been making headlines this week for all the wrong reasons thanks to a piece of adware that they were putting onto their systems called Superfish. While Superfish might sound delicious and a great name for a new kind of sushi, its main purpose in life is to inject additional ads into your browser (which isn't a good thing). Lenovo is aware of this issue and it appears that only systems shipped in a short period of October to December of 2014 were affected and the Superfish software has been removed from their systems shipped since that point.
Lenovo isn't the first company to get in trouble for pre-loading adware onto your new system, but it does bring up the point once again, will there ever be a day when I can order a new system from these big companies with no OS installed so I can have a computer without 500 app pre-installed?
BBCNews has more on this story.
The adware - dubbed Superfish - was potentially compromising their security, said experts.
The hidden software was also injecting adverts on to browsers using techniques more akin to malware, they added.
Lenovo faces questions about why and for how long it was pre-installed on machines - and what data was collected.
The company told the BBC in a statement: "Lenovo removed Superfish from the preloads of new consumer systems in January 2015. At the same time Superfish disabled existing Lenovo machines in the market from activating Superfish.