Lenovo recently came under fire for being caught preloading laptops with a program called Superfish. The program contained a security flaw which allowed users’ web connections to be hijacked and spied on. Superfish is considered “adware”, software that automatically displays advertisements.
However, a Lenovo spokesman reported, “We have thoroughly investigated this technology and do not find any evidence to substantiate security concerns.” Superfish “does not profile nor monitor user behavior. It does not record user information. It does not know who the user is. Users are not tracked nor re-targeted,” according to Re/Code.
Lenovo did not install Superfish on any ThinkPad notebooks, nor any desktops, workstations, servers, tablets, or phones. The only laptops that were preloaded with the software were the following consumer model notebooks: Z-series, Y-Series, U-Series, G-Series, S-Series, Flex-Series, Yoga, Miix and E-Series. Superfish only affects these laptops shipped between September and December of 2014.
No devices sold from catmandu will contain Superfish.
At catmandu, with our commitment to excellence and to our customers, we only sell high-end Lenovo products. You will not find any of the consumer models in our locations.
Lenovo will not be preloading Superfish on any device in the future and they are making every effort to inform consumers of the risks of not uninstalling Superfish. In a statement to their retailers, they stated, “We know that millions of people rely on our devices every day, and it is our responsibility to deliver quality, reliability, innovation and security to each and every customer.”
Removal of the adware is relatively simple. You can find the instructions here, or you can bring your laptop to one of the catmandu locations.
At catmandu, we continue to stand behind the Lenovo product line.