February 20, 2015 Leave a comment
If you are using or you know anyone using a Lenovo laptop bought within the last year, Lenovo has installed something called SuperFish. According to experts it is an encrypted form of adware. The software dumps ads and probably gathers personal information.
Until the situation is fixed, don’t use your Lenovo laptop for anything like using a bank web site or work related.
Uninstalling the software is not enough. You also need to remove a certificate.
Even that may not be enough.
If you have a Lenovo laptop, contact them for support…. And good luck.
[Updated: 2015/02/21]: After researchers went deeper into SuperFish this week, they found that it insert ads into random web pages and also tampers with computer security in such a way that an attacker could actually spy on all web browser traffic on the computer.
SuperFish allows attackers to see all the communications that’s supposed to be confidential such as banking transactions, passwords, emails, and instant messages.
[Updated: 2015/02/24]: The SuperFish CEO has denied that there software contains malware. Uh huh.
Meanwhile, researchers now saying at least 12 other products – including some used for parental control – are using the same developer’s kit.
Finally, Lenovo says it has created a package to properly remove SuperFish from the system.