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Potentially Unwanted Program - Superfish VisualDiscovery

2014-11-16, 17:08 PM

Ok, I will take a look at ESET. Thanks

 

Yes, VisualDiscovery is part of the bundled software in my lenovo laptop..

It is from a developer called Superfish.

More info here:

http://systemexplorer.net/file-database/file/visualdiscovery-exe

 

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2014-11-16, 20:46 PM

Thank you for the information about VisualDiscovery. Feel free to post on this forum if you encounter other Potentially Unwanted Applications that you would like to remove.






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2014-11-20, 14:33 PM

OK.
Thank you again for your help!

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2014-11-20, 23:09 PM

You're welcome, Daniel. :)

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2014-11-26, 19:18 PM

Hello I spent whole day for discovery websockets problem on my new lenovo. Main issue - websockets not work in any browser launched on new laptop (Lenovo Y50-70) but work on other PC with similar software installed (for example this page: http://www.websocket.org/echo.html ). I have installed ProcessMonitor application and found VisualDiscovery.exe handle all traffic for WEB browsers. When I have stoped VisualDiscovery system service - all WEB application start work properly. 
I have uninstall C:\Program Files (x86)\Lenovo\VisualDiscovery\  from my laptop and now all work fine.

But I am verry unhappy about this application, and can't found any description about it in the net and lenovo documentation. Why lenovo install it ? And which service provide this application ? Where I can get necessary info about it ?

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2015-01-03, 18:25 PM

I can confirm to alexcn's claim.

 

Visual discovery messed up my websocket.

 

before, i always faced websocket received packet failed test.

 

After uninstalling VisualDiscovery, websockets worked fine.

 

Lenovo needs to get rid of this VisualDiscovery. I spent 4 days trying to figure out this.

 

I'm a new Yoga 2 13 owner.

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Re: Potentially Unwanted Program

2015-01-03, 19:38 PM

alexcn, sorry I missed your earlier question.

If you do not find VisualDiscovery useful, it can be uninstalled via the Control Panel's list of Programs, or disabled. Remember to reboot afterward.
Video: How to Disable VisualDiscovery

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Re: Potentially Unwanted Program

2015-01-21, 12:29 PM

Hi all

 

this is more serious than just a simple socket messup.

 

Superfish Inc aka VisualDiscovery aka Similarproducts application will hijack ALL your secure webconnections (SSL/TLS) by using self signed root certificate authority, making it look legitimate to the browser

 

 root.png

 

Here's an example of my connection to a bank, which looked OK to browser but certificate obviously has been tampered with allowing Superfish to collect all data unecrypted! 

 

bank.png

 

A bluntant man-in-the-middle attack malware breaking any privacy laws.

 

I have requested return of the laptop and refund as I find it unbelievable that manufacturer as Lenovo would facilitate such applications pre-bundled with new laptops.

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Re: Potentially Unwanted Program

2015-02-19, 14:52 PM

Zibartsk,

 

Thank you for your detailed feedback on this.  Lenovo has investigated and taken action in this matter.

 

http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/product_security/superfish

 

Best regards,

 

Mark

 

(edit - updated to link to official Lenovo advisory on superfish and instructions for removal of the application and certificates)

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2015-02-19, 16:33 PM

My first laptop was a Lenovo, I got it years ago. Thanks to Lenovo adding extremely shady MALWARE to their computers, I will never buy another Lenovo computer. I will also actively advise my friends in person and through social media to never buy Lenovo

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