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Guru
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Message 91 of 160

Re: Lenovo Pre-instaling adware/spam - Superfish - powerd by VisualSearch


@biznatch wrote:

@ColonelONeill wrote:
I also don't buy that Mark made that post entirely of his own volition, in that precise PR/marketing phrasing.

Almost certainly he didn't write it unless he also writes Lenovo press releases.  It's very similar to their official statement:

 

http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1929


This is true; I only skimmed their press release because it's an "official press release" and you kind of know what to expect from official PR sources anyway.


W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U
Wendel
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Message 92 of 160

Re: Lenovo Pre-instaling adware/spam - Superfish - powerd by VisualSearch

To remove a real danger (shame on Lenovo!!)

 

Run certmgr.msc to start your Certificate Manager

 

Once that opens, click on “Trusted root certificate authorities” in the left-hand navigation pane, then double-click “Certificates” in the main pane.

 

A list of all trusted root certificates will appear.

 

Find the Superfish entry, then right-click on it and select “Delete.”

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Guru
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Message 93 of 160

Re: Lenovo Pre-instaling adware/spam - Superfish - powerd by VisualSearch


Superfish may have appeared on these models:
G Series: G410, G510, G710, G40-70, G50-70, G40-30, G50-30, G40-45, G50-45
U Series: U330P, U430P, U330Touch, U430Touch, U530Touch 
Y Series: Y430P, Y40-70, Y50-70
Z Series: Z40-75, Z50-75, Z40-70, Z50-70
S Series: S310, S410, S40-70, S415, S415Touch, S20-30, S20-30Touch
Flex Series: Flex2 14D, Flex2 15D, Flex2 14, Flex2 15, Flex2 14(BTM), Flex2 15(BTM), Flex 10
MIIX Series: MIIX2-8, MIIX2-10, MIIX2-11
YOGA Series: YOGA2Pro-13, YOGA2-13, YOGA2-11BTM, YOGA2-11HSW
E Series: E10-30

Bauden and I found registry entries on our W540 and W520, respectively:

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/What-is-on-your-Pre-Installed-OS/m-p/2029549/h...


W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U
redgrenadine
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Message 94 of 160

Re: Lenovo Pre-instaling adware/spam - Superfish - powerd by VisualSearch

Wait what they stuck this stuff on actual thinkpads now too?

ddfreita
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Message 95 of 160

Re: Lenovo Pre-instaling adware/spam - Superfish - powerd by VisualSearch

To people complaining about a lack of democracy on the forums, Lenovo is a computer company, not a government. These forums are privately owned and operated, so rules are required to maintain a civil environment. It is no surprise that they forbid posts encouraging disrupting their business.

Also, the rule in question is the following:

"It is acceptable to state concern for how a particular Lenovo policy, performance, or procedure does or does not meet the expectation of a particular member, but it is not acceptable to use this forum in an attempt to broadly organize or incite members en mass, to cancel orders, return systems, undertake legal action or otherwise disrupt the normal business processes of Lenovo."

Encouraging lawsuits against Lenovo for any reason falls under this guideline.
Guru
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Message 96 of 160

Re: Lenovo Pre-instaling adware/spam - Superfish - powerd by VisualSearch

I'm not sure; I have a suspicion that the registry key might be a blocking registry key added by some anti-spyware hardening tool I ran at some point on this OS.

The preload OS was August 2011, but the registry key was apparently last modified 2014. I know I made a repair install around then, but it's too far into the past for me to remember.

W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U
oddtobehere
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Message 97 of 160

Re: Lenovo Pre-instaling adware/spam - Superfish - powerd by VisualSearch


@ColonelONeill wrote:
To be fair, it's always been against the rules to rally against Lenovo on the official forums, and mods have always dealt with posts according to it.

Whaaat?  Please point out where this is in the rules.

Guru
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Message 98 of 160

Re: Lenovo Pre-instaling adware/spam - Superfish - powerd by VisualSearch


@oddtobehere wrote:

@ColonelONeill wrote:
To be fair, it's always been against the rules to rally against Lenovo on the official forums, and mods have always dealt with posts according to it.

Whaaat?  Please point out where this is in the rules.


See moderator comment on post 20 of this thread:

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-P-Y-and-Z-series/Lenovo-Pre-instaling-adware-spam-Superfish-power...

 

EDIT: Also, second report of a W520 having the registry key, but no DLL/certificate.


W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U
techkitsune
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Message 99 of 160

Re: Lenovo Pre-instaling adware/spam - Superfish - powerd by VisualSearch

Lenovo broke several rules of security AND VIOLATED THE CFAA - you think we're supposed to follow their rules when they can't follow industry standard rules LET ALONE THE LAW?

People are going to jail for this. My bank account is sitting at a negative $12 and lo and behold it's because someone from THE SAME REGION OF ISRAEL (where this software was made) used my card number.

Lenovo is now responsible for fraudulent bank activity, identity theft, and more.

This is the end of Lenovo unles they pay LOTS of people LOTS of money, and even then, they'll only have enough money to stay in business if they bet the farm at a bookie on the fact they'll get a lawsuit and LOSE.
Guru
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Message 100 of 160

Re: Lenovo Pre-instaling adware/spam - Superfish - powerd by VisualSearch

Not that we should set a bad example by being just as bad, but all bets are off on external discussion boards.

You should really probably deal with that fraudulent charge with your bank right now rather than posting about it on a forum.

W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U

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