Lenovo's Superfish bloatware scandal reveals a sneaky tactic we thought Microsoft had started
When you click an 'x' to close a window and get a software download instead.
Mark Hachman By Mark Hachman
Senior Editor, PCWorld | Sep 6, 2017 9:33 AM PT
As Lenovo resolves the Superfish bloatware scandal from 2015, a surprising detail has emerged from the fine print of the settlement. Consumers who bought Lenovo laptops with “man-in-the-middle” Superfish adware (by a company called VisualDiscovery) likely fell for a trick later made infamous by Microsoft: clicking the “X” to dismiss the program actually opted them into it.
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