We all have reasons to hate that other OS, whether it’s the price, the re-re-reboots, the performance, the EULA…. but this is a game-changer.“Superfish is more than inconvenient; it’s downright dangerous. The certificate it uses to intercept your browsing has been thoroughly compromised and can be used for signing software your PC would trust, as well as telling you that your online banking site is secure when it’s intercepting your traffic- just to give attackers a couple of ideas. It also stops smartcards from working. Even worse, Lenovo’s initial instructions for removing it would leave vulnerable certificate on your PC.
And this isn’t the first time OEM software has caused problems. One notebook I looked at a few years ago had an amazing 79 running processes when you started Windows (not including the processes for Windows itself) all of them pre-installed software. One of them was a cloud storage service that hooked every single file write and redirected it via the network stack, making saving a file very like swimming through treacle.” Many people consider that other OS as the must-have/GoTo operating system of business/consuming/gaming.
Now, it’s known that Lenovo, one of M$’s “best” OEMs, has embedded third-party software that snoops on HTTPS encrypted web-traffic to place ads… This is where we are. People love small cheap computers. To hide the price of that other OS, OEMs need other revenue from third-party software/hardware makers, you know, folks who are willing to pay to get stuff onto the ubiquitous legacy PC.
So, this is yet another reason that the EULA from Hell is a crime against humanity on a global scale. That an OEM as big as Lenovo would even be able to consider such a compromise of the security of users is the tip of the iceberg of corruption that surrounds M$ and its OS. Just like there are 50 ways to “leave your lover”, this is the best: M$ and its “partners” are openly abusive of consumers.
I recommend everyone switch to GNU/Linux. It’s easy. Demand your local retailers sell them. Shop online for a GNU/Linux PC. Heck, install it yourself. Heck, you can even get that other OS to start the process. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux, software that works for you, not some corporation with the morality of a snake. The beauty of it is that the licence you get with the downloads includes the right to examine, modify and distribute the software, so you can cut out all that third-party crapware, if there were any. Debian doesn’t bother attaching crapware to PCs it doesn’t sell…
Another option: Rather than buying a PC with GNU/Linux or that other OS, you can buy a PC with FreeDOS or no OS and installing GNU/Linux. This saves you M$’s licensing fee. I’m sure you have a better use for your money. 😉