If you bought a Lenovo computer recently, chances are it may have come with factory-installed adware. The world's largest PC manufacturer was found to install an adware called Superfish — which injects third-party ads on Google search results and other websites — on new machines.
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Users from as far back as September starting noticing sponsored links in their search results. Lenovo acknowledged that it was installing adware, with community manager Mark Hopkins taking to the forum late last month to announce that Superfish would be temporarily removed:
While Hopkins mentions that users have the option of not installing the software by rejecting the terms and conditions during initial setup, but it looks like the adware installs its own security certificate, which allows it to have unfettered access to monitor your secure communications.
Who's affected by this adware? If you're using Chrome or Internet Explorer, you may be at risk. Firefox users are not affected as Mozilla uses its own certificate store. Fortunately, there's a clip that shows you how to uninstall the adware should you have it in your system.
Any Lenovo users here seeing errant links in your search results? Let us know in the comments.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.