It looks like Lenovo has been installing adware onto new consumer computers from the company that activates when taken out of the box for the first time.
The adware, named Superfish, is reportedly installed on a number of Lenovo’s consumer laptops out of the box. The software injects third-party ads on Google searches and websites without the user’s permission.
Superfish on these Lenovo devices appears to affect Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
A Lenovo community administrator, Mark Hopkins, wrote in late January that the software would be temporarily removed from current systems after irate users complained of popups and other unwanted behavior:
We have temporarily removed Superfish from our consumer systems until such time as Superfish is able to provide a software build that addresses these issues. As for units already in market, we have requested that Superfish auto-update a fix that addresses these issues.
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