Lenovo promises to sell 'cleaner, safer PCs'

Lenovo is promising to sell "cleaner, safer PCs" from now on, following the news earlier this month that some of its Windows-based laptops had the adware program Superfish installed. Lenovo is also offering owners of its Superfish-installed PCs some free security from McAfee.

Lenovo pledged to "significantly reduce preloaded applications" on their PCs in the future, including upcoming products with Windows 10. Here is Lenovo's new statement in full:

"Just over a week ago, the Superfish visual discovery software preloaded onto Lenovo consumer notebooks beginning in September 2014 created concern and frustration among our customers and the security and privacy communities. We have worked with partners to create tools and update antivirus programs to eliminate Superfish software. And an automatic removal tool is available on Lenovo.com. No ThinkPads, desktops, tablets, smartphones nor any enterprise server or storage product was impacted."Additionally, we will offer Lenovo PC users affected by this issue a free 6-month subscription to McAfee LiveSafe service (or a 6-month extension for existing subscribers). More information will be available at Lenovo.com within 7 days."The events of last week reinforce the principle that customer experience, security and privacy must be our top priorities. With this in mind, we will significantly reduce preloaded applications. Our goal is clear: To become the leader in providing cleaner, safer PCs."We are starting immediately, and by the time we launch our Windows 10 products, our standard image will only include the operating system and related software, software required to make hardware work well (for example, when we include unique hardware in our devices, like a 3D camera), security software and Lenovo applications. This should eliminate what our industry calls "adware" and "bloatware." For some countries, certain applications customarily expected by users will also be included."Lenovo will post information about ALL software we preload on our PCs that clearly explains what each application does. And we will continuously solicit feedback from our user community and industry experts to ensure we have the right applications and best user experience."We view these actions as a starting point. We believe that these steps will make our technology better, safer and more secure."

Source: Lenovo

John Callaham