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Lenovo releases automatic removal tool for Superfish; issues updated statement

Lenovo has just released an automatic removal tool for the Superfish software it pre-installed on some of its notebooks in 2014. This follows a manual procedure that the company detailed yesterday, and an update to Microsoft's Windows Defender from this morning that will also remove the software and its root certificate.

Alongside the automatic removal tool, Lenovo also issued an updated statement on Superfish. In it, the company notes that it is currently working with third-parties to address the issue for even those unaware of it:

We are working with McAfee and Microsoft to have the Superfish software and certificate quarantined or removed using their industry-leading tools and technologies. These actions have already started and will automatically fix the vulnerability even for users who are not currently aware of the problem.

This statement follows one earlier today from Levovo CTO Peter Hortensius in which he said the company 'messed up' by installing the software on its machines. Further, Hortensius said that Lenovo will detail a plan for improving its software practices later in February.

You can read Lenovo's full statement and grab its automatic removal tool from the source link below.

Source: Lenovo (opens in new tab); Via: The Verge

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48 Comments
  • Seems ad-less
  • and faster
  • Clever move
  • Danger Will Robinson... Danger Will Robinson The robot from Lost In Space seems an appropriate spokes(bot) for Lenovo. I bet there are quite a few decision makers spinning around in circles arms flailing about wildly at corporate HQ as I type
  • Most probably some of have been given mysterious vacations in rather remote places :P..
  • So if I buy a Lenovo laptop today , should i proceed with any process to remove Superfish
  • If your laptop is from past fall, then yes.
  • Superfish........ Hopefully tonight.
  • Give a man a fish, he pays once; give him a superfish and he pays for life!!!
  • Lol... Exactly❗
  • Is the Superfish cooked in a Superbowl? #badumtsss
  • Lol good one
  • feel like throwing my thinkpad in the garbage...
  • Asked for a refund.
  • lol good luck getting one.
  • Why no copy the activation code and do a clean installation.
  • What is super fish?
  • Why dont you click on the link in the article you should have read and find out for yourself?
  • Beware there might be more adwares with the tool.
  • My thoughts exactly.
  • Probably installs AOL
  • Or ASK
  • Lenovo...I quit you. Hey there MS Surface...how you doin' ;)
  • I would love to think that this incident would have some impact on the Dell, HP, and Lenovo when it comes time for them to load up all the crapware on the PCs they ship out. Unfortunately, I know better. They will still do it, and cross their fingers and hope they don't get caught up in another superfish incident.
  • The xps13s I've purchased are actually pretty lean - maybe going private means they don't need to load all that bloat any more? As for hp... Well I trend to remove ssds/hdds and install a fresh os anyway, bit yeah - bloat is pain!
  • Why do companies like this, and even governments, think that saying, "We messed up" fixes everything? What they really mean is, "We messed up...by getting caught". If Lenovo was really concerned about its customers, they wouldn't have installed adware in the first place.
    Also, how is this that different from what Google does every day?
  • google looks you in the eye while violating you...
  • Nice one
  • Google doesn't undermine the security of its entire userbase for profit. Also, it's pretty much assumed that nothing is truly free, so if you're not paying for it with money, you're paying for it with private info.
  • The damage is done Lenovo. You just give your brand a very very bad name and you can't change that. It stuck in every people mind. What if the Superfish work and in stealth mode ?
  • You give the masses too much credit. They'll still buy Lenovo spyware/adware included or not. As long as its cheap the mindless will buy it.    
  • Sadly true.
  • Unfortunately for Lenovo, their stuff isn't particularly cheap.  And while Superfish was apparently only installed on their consumer machines, the stink of this scandal has spread to cover the Thinkpad line as well, and the companies who buy those by the boatload also have full-time computer security on their payroll whose job is to ensure that the company isn't mindless about such things.
  • That Superfish chef is himself heading to the Superwok now l guess.lol
  • MS needs a PureWindows(tm) campaign with a PureWindows sticker affixed to every PC from every participating OEM together with a Certificate of Authenticity. Clever marketing with add campaigns to point out the dangers of crapware and to get everyone into the mindset where they demand PureWindows PCs from now on. Shame the OEMs into compliance. If they don't like it, bad luck.
  • You mean like Windows Signature Edition you get with every computer purchased from a Microsoft Store? http://www.microsoftstore.com/store?SiteID=msusa&Locale=en_US&Action=ContentTheme&pbPage=MicrosoftSignature&ThemeID=33363200
  • Yes, the Signature PCs that no one knows about. They need to market the hell out if it. That's my point :) Sell them everywhere, not just in the MS stores
  • It's their OS and the OEM's need it, they could stipulate a no crapware rule right now if they wanted. But I guess that $1.50 price reduction the manufacturer gets by bundling 15 useless ad programs on it is too lucrative to turn down. This stuff soils the experience and reputation of Windows but they don't seem to care.
  • Yo, Dan... you might want to fix this sentence here:  "This statement follows one earlier today from Levovo CTO Peter Hortensius..."   Levovo to LeNovo. 
  • I'll continue to buy and enjoy Lenovo products. I consider them pretty lean in comparison to others I've owned and some of the bloatware appears to be useful, anything that doesn't, I uninstall. However, I believe that anything that makes your system vulnerable should have been taken care of from the get go. Not that I'm affected by it, but I think consumers have reason to be upset.
  • I have no reason to support an OEM that sells their costumers security for pennies. Probably it wasn't intentional, but they could have avoided it. Specially after the deluded first message about superfish being included for the benefit of the consumers... Pure BS.
  • Oh please guys. If you are not going to buy Lenovo anymore just because of this, you will have to scratch a LOT of other companies from the list as well. Just do a clean install and you'll be just fine. End of story
  • I don't care what you say. Unless you give me examples of companies allowing secure communications to be hijacked, I think that Lenovo is by far the worst. Furthermore, the average consumer doesn't know about this reinstall business. I will recommend people to buy non-Lenovo signature edition machines at the MS store.
  • I never knew this since I never bought Lenovo.
  • Super fishy lenovo
  • The picture is misleading; ThinkPads aren't affected. Use a picture of an IdeaPad instead.
  • Www need a few breaking and burning Lenovo vids to go viral to really make a point to Lenovo
  • Why would you want to buy a computer from a company that thought this was an acceptable thing to do in the first place?  Would they have realized the error in their ways if they hadn't gotten caught?  Likely not.