Lenovo installed bloatware on its PCs even if users clean install

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Lenovo Yoga 3 14-inch

If you’re a Lenovo customer and own any of its PCs, you’ll not be glad to know the latest news about the company. Some users recently discovered that the Lenovo PCs running Windows 7, as well as 8 included firmware that automatically install Lenovo’s own update software on boot. Alongside installing the update software, Lenovo’s firmware also overwrites a Windows system file. What is worrying is that even if users clean installed Windows, the firmware would still install the custom update software.

So what’s so bad about this issue? Well, it’s a pretty serious one — the firmware is downloading and installing bloatware on boot, which means, hackers can spoof the server to install malware or any other software on your computer.

It’s worth noting that Lenovo has released a fix for this issue, which is very good for users. However, a wide range of the company’s PCs are affected by the issue, including Flex 2 Pro-15/Edge 15 (Broadwell/Haswell models), Flex 3-1470/1570/1120, G40-80/G50-80/G50-80 Touch/V3000, S21e, S41-70/U40-70, S435/M40-35, Yoga 3 14, Yoga 3 11, Y40-80, Z41-70/Z51-70 and Z70-80 / G70-80.

Source: ArsTechnica – Via: TheNextWeb

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