Fresh from the Superfish scandal that saw some of its PCs subjected to horrible pre-loaded software that compromised user security, Lenovo is trying to win brownie points by vowing to “significantly reduce” its preloaded software, commonly known as “bloatware.”
The China-based computer company says that by the time it starts rolling out its Windows 10 machines later this year, the PCs will only include the operating system itself and “related software, software required to make hardware work well, security software, and Lenovo applications.”
That still leaves the door open for a fair amount of bloatware, admittedly, but it’s a start.
The whole debacle kicked off last week when global headlines were made of Lenovo’s deal with California-based adtech company Superfish to pre-install its software on a range of Lenovo machines. This started rolling out in September 2014.
The technology promised a “visual search” experience, but in fact it meant that third-party ads were included in Google search results and websites. That in itself is worthy of a wagging finger, but it wasn’t entirely unsurprising to those familiar with Windows computers — adware, crapware, bloatware or whatever you want to call it is a common problem across most manufacturers.
However, Superfish went further by circumventing the built-in security of the machines by issuing a self-signed certificate so it could include adverts on secure “encrypted” websites. In short, this opened affected computers to so-called man-in-the-middle attacks.