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How to Check If Your Lenovo is Affected by Superfish Adware

Posted on the 20 February 2015 by Nrjperera @nrjperera

Lenovo is all over the news today. After being caught shipping their computers with a pre-installed adware called Superfish, the company is trying really hard to make up for their mistake, while Lenovo users are starting to freak out.

The Truth

First of all, I think you guys should calm down. The media is obviously making this sound worse than as it is. Superfish is an annoying adware and is not harmful for your computer. It just force third-party ads onto websites you browse, and it only affects Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers. Of course, what happens after clicking on an ad is totally up to you.

“To be clear, Superfish technology is purely based on contextual/image and not behavioral. It does not profile nor monitor user behavior,” a Lenovo spokesperson told TNW “We have thoroughly investigated this technology and do not find any evidence to substantiate security concerns. But we know that users reacted to this issue with concern, and so we have taken direct action to stop shipping any products with this software.”

What Really Happened

Lenovo had thought that Superfish would help “enhance the shopping experience”, much like what Ubuntu does with Amazon ads. But it has backfired immediately. Lenovo has already stopped preloading the adware beginning in January and has also shut down the server connections that enable the software. So, future Lenovo customers won’t have to worry about this issue.

Read Also: New Malware Spreads Through Facebook Disguised as Porn

What to Do About It

You can check to see if your Lenovo computer is affected by Superfish adware. Simply visit this website using Chrome or Internet Explorer and if you see an image with “YES” written on it, you are affected. A YouTuber has already created a video showing how to manually remove this adware. You can check it out to easily get rid of this adware.

[Via: TNW / Lenovo ]
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