Microsoft, McAfee fighting together against Superfish

February 23, 2015 • Internet Marketing Blog - SEO, SEM and SMO • Views: 786

Microsoft, McAfee fighting together against Superfish

Lenovo is working together with McAfee and Microsoft to protect the users from invasive Superfish adware. Superfish hijacked all secured HTTPS connections present on the affected PCs.

According to the company, a recent update has been made in McAfee’s antivirus software and in Microsoft’s Windows Defender as well to remove the adware (Superfish) from all the Lenovo PCs that are affected with it.

Filippo Valsorda, the cloudflare security engineer first noticed the Microsoft’s Windows Defender update. He has also created the website that checks whether the computer is infected with this adware or not. Microsoft’s Windows Defender will automatically uninstall Superfish, along with resetting the affected security certificate in order to eliminate malicious ones installed by Superfish.

In a statement given by Lenovo representative, it has been confirmed that the company have been working with McAfee and Microsoft along with developing their own tools. He further promised that Lenovo will continue to learn from this experience.

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Lenovo was quoted as saying “We are working with McAfee and Microsoft to have the Superfish software and certificate quarantined or removed using their industry-leading tools and technologies.” The company’s spokesman further added that “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.” said a company’s representative.

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These updates came as Lenovo is under extreme pressure to handle Superfish’s adware. Earlier in this week, researchers found out the vulnerability that put the sensitive information of the users at risk. It has been seen that the adware had come preinstalled on certain Lenovo computers since 2010.

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