Lenovo is now working with Microsoft and McAfee to help protect its users from the security vulnerabilities created by Superfish’s adware.
Microsoft’s Windows Defender and McAfee’s antivirus software were both recently updated to remove Superfish’s adware from affected Lenovo PCs, according to the company,
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We are working with McAfee and Microsoft to have the Superfish software and certificate quarantined or removed using their industry-leading tools and technologies. These actions have already started and will automatically fix the vulnerability even for users who are not currently aware of the problem.
We apologize for causing these concerns among our users – we are learning from this experience and will use it to improve what we do and how we do it in the future. We will continue to take steps to make removal of the software and underlying vulnerable certificates in question easy for customers so they can continue to use our products with the confidence that they expect and deserve.
The update to Microsoft’s Windows Defender was first spotted by security researcher Filippo Valsorda. It will automatically uninstall Superfish and reset the affected security certificates to remove malicious ones that may have been installed as a result of the adware.
In a statement, Lenovo confirmed it was working with both Microsoft and McAfee — in addition to developing its own tools — and promised the company would continue “learning from this experience.”
The updates come as Lenovo is under increased scrutiny for its handling of Superfish’s adware. Earlier int he week, security researchers discovered the vulnerability, which puts sensitive user information at risk. The adware has come pre-installed on some Lenovo PCs as far back as 2010