Lenovo has released a tool that will completely remove the Superfish ad tracking software that exists on many of the Windows PC’s that the company has sold over the course of the last year. The findings which were first uncovered last week talked about how Lenovo PCs were using a really deceiving hack in order to alter the encryption of secure browsing, putting the users and the computers at risk of being attacked by a third-party. While Lenovo reserved that the information that was being tracked was innocent and that the program existed to bring a better experience to Lenovo users, that wasn’t enough to stop many from questioning the entire operation – and how secure users really were on their computers.
Now though, it would appear as though Superfish is finally dead. At least for those who have already taken advantage of the automated tool that the company released today to ensure that Superfish is no longer functioning or even present on your computer. A few other security programs – like Windows Defender, had already created such a tool – but for Lenovo to come out – after already disengaging the program yesterday – is proof that the firestorm that Superfish was creating was really too much.
Security is atop user’s minds in terms of what they want and what they need out of computers in 2015 when security breaches and hacks occur on a regular basis. The move now to ensure that Lenovo PC’s which were originally infected by this adware – are gone is by far the most-important factor in keeping those customers happy and secure while moving around on their PCs. Interestingly, the fact that Lenovo was manipulating HTTPS addresses really speaks to the lengths at which the company was willing to go to track users – and just how easily this could have been used for bad, instead of the so-called good that the company used it for.
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Ultimately, this is a bad sign for Lenovo has this entire situation has really dragged on a lot longer than it should have – and caused the company a lot of negative publicity that could have been avoided – had they not installed this software, or used this type of program to begin with. Now though, it would appear as though the company has at least begun rehabbing their reputation by removing the adware entirely.