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Microsoft just nuked Lenovo’s adware so you hopefully don’t have to

Published Feb 20th, 2015 9:00PM EST
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Lenovo has been justifiably catching a lot of grief this week for preloading dangerous adware called Superfish onto its computers that hijacks HTTPS traffic to inject ads onto encrypted websites. While there are plenty of ways to remove this obnoxious adware yourself, Neowin reports that Microsoft may have just done the job for you.

FROM EARLIER: How to find out if Superfish infected your computer – and what to do about it

In its latest update to Windows Defender, Microsoft has removed Superfish’s certificate entirely, which one hopes will completely nuke the program’s ability to run on Windows. That said, sneaky adware like Superfish has multiple ways of getting to you and Neowin says that the newest Windows Defender update doesn’t mean you’re completely out of the woods just yet.

“The good news is that this will help protect those who were not aware of issue or did not know how to remove the certificate,” writes Neowin. “But, all is not perfect, as Filippo Valsorda notes on Twitter, the Firefox certificate remains in place.”

Hopefully, the good folks at Mozilla will get around to removing the certificate from Firfox soon too. In the meantime, to make sure Superfish is gone from your machine entirely, be sure to check out this handy guide by clicking here.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.