Lenovo had been one of the rising brands in Information Technology, in fact it had recently acquired IBM servers. This rise might be compromised as the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team asks Lenovo to remove a pre-installed software in its PC called Superfish. How do you remove Superfish Adware from your Lenovo PC then?
Background on the Lenovo Superfish Adware
Lenovo admits that it had pre-installed Superfish on many of its laptops. Their excuse is that this so called software will "enhance the shopping experience" of its users. According to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, Superfish is a "man-in-the-middle attack" because of how it "intercepts users' web traffic to provide targeted advertisements."
What does Lenovo Superfish Adware do?
According to AVG, one of the top worldwide anti-virus, Superfish snoops in on your web browsing and secretly slips ads into webpages. But the really dangerous part is that it's pre-installed with root certificate authority, which allows it to impersonate any server's security certificate.
If this certificate is compromised by hackers, you could be tricked into logging in to a fake website and giving hackers your password. Because of Superfish, any of your accounts—including encrypted bank accounts—could be easily compromised.
Range of Affected Lenovo Computers
Lenovo had released the range of Lenovo units that may have been pre-installed with the Superfish Adware. These includes the following:
- E Series: E10-30
- G Series: G410, G510, G710, G40-70, G50-70, G40-30, G50-30, G40-45, G50-45, G40-80
- S Series: S310, S410, S40-70, S415, S415Touch, S435, S20-30, S20-30Touch
- U Series: U330P, U430P, U330Touch, U430Touch, U530Touch
- Y Series: Y430P, Y40-70, Y50-70, Y40-80, Y70-70
- Z Series: Z40-75, Z50-75, Z40-70, Z50-70, Z70-80
- Edge Series: Edge 15
- Flex Series: Flex2 14D, Flex2 15D, Flex2 14, Flex2 15, Flex2 Pro, Flex 10
- MIIX Series: MIIX2-8, MIIX2-10, MIIX2-11, MIIX 3 1030
- YOGA Series: YOGA2Pro-13, YOGA2-13, YOGA2-11, YOGA3 Pro
How to Remove the Lenovo Superfish Adware?
If you are thinking of restoring factory defaults or restoring an earlier backup of your computer in order to remove the Superfish adware then think again. The Superfish adware will not be removed using this manner since this comes within the default factory configuration of Lenovo.
In order to reove the Superfish adware you will have to download the Superfish removal tool from the Lenovo website/ This tool will also remove any Superfish certificates from Mozilla Firefox® and Thunderbird.
Here is the link to download the Superfish Removal Tool.
Possible Effects of Superfish on Lenovo
The admittance of Lenovo that it had pre-installed snooping software will possibly affect the trust of consumers from the brand. It would also raise the question on other brands if they are also installing such software on their laptops.
Lenovo could possibly be penalized for doing this but that still has to be seen since the intent versus the actual capability of the Superfish adware has to be considered. Will there be criminal liability for Lenovo? Well, we just have to wait on how this first attempt of a laptop vendor to actually snoop data from its users will be decided by the courts.
What do you think of the action of Lenovo? Are you affected by the Superfish adware? Share us what you think.