Malware infected laptops sold by LenovoMalware containing laptops have been sold by the computer maker company called Lenovo. That malware makes you more vulnerable to hackers and this is only for serving you advertisements.
Certain software made by “Superfish” company is an internet browser add-on which injects ads into each website you visit.
The malware-addon plays with the security protocols and it also takes up free space on your computer.
It is using fake website certificates to manipulate and your computer won't be able to recognize it.
The Wi-FI service called Gogo was doing the same thing last month and got caught doing it. It is indeed a nasty trick that works.
Executive at the cybersecurity company called Venafi, Kevin Bocek compared this situation with the so called “bad guys” or internet hackers that use trojans and other malicious software for their desire. And their desire is to surveil and monitor private communications by tricking users to access fake sites.
Some customers recognized this problem on their computers that were bought from Lenovo. This happened at the middle of 2014.
A fierce backlash from customers and computer security experts made Lenovo acknowledge.
A company spokesman from Lenovo said that “user feedback was not positive”and that Lenovo stopped preloading the software on new computers. It also promised that this software will never be preloaded again on their computers. The feature was even disabled on its servers, thing that kills the program from everyone's computer, making them safe again.
Lenovo's initial words were that only few consumer notebook products that were sold contained the malware and that this was between October and December. On the other part, customers complained about this feature earlier than October, being shown by CNN Money. After this, Lenovo admitted that the installations of the malware started from September and not October.
Even now, it is not known which exact laptop models were infected with that malware. It was said by a Lenovo spokesman that the company can't answer these exact questions.
One question was about the importance of the fake “Superfish Visual Discovery” software and they answered that it makes easier to shop for deals. They also said that the program analyzes images that you see on internet and that it gives similar products with possible lower prices.
They denied everything about the “monitor user behaviour” or about any recorded user info.
The company mentioned in a statement that their goal was just to enhance the user experience and that they failed and repaired the fault after.
They are not completely sure of the software online removal so they advised the users to reinstall a new operating system to be perfectly safe. The users paid for their initial infected system and they need to pay again to reinstall another one.