Maybe there’s something good that can come out of the SSL-busting Superfish debacle.
Lenovo says it is changing its ways:
The events of last week reinforce the principle that customer experience, security and privacy must be our top priorities. With this in mind, we will significantly reduce preloaded applications. Our goal is clear: To become the leader in providing cleaner, safer PCs.
We are starting immediately, and by the time we launch our Windows 10 products, our standard image will only include the operating system and related software, software required to make hardware work well (for example, when we include unique hardware in our devices, like a 3D camera), security software and Lenovo applications. This should eliminate what our industry calls “adware” and “bloatware.” For some countries, certain applications customarily expected by users will also be included.
Lenovo will post information about ALL software we preload on our PCs that clearly explains what each application does. And we will continuously solicit feedback from our user community and industry experts to ensure we have the right applications and best user experience.
We view these actions as a starting point. We believe that these steps will make our technology better, safer and more secure.
That’s quite a turnaround, especially when you compare it to their original head-in-the-sand position of thinking people were just grumbling about the irritating adverts that Superfish-afflicted Lenovo computers were displaying, rather than the serious security and privacy issues the software introduced.
If they’re true to their word, and chuck out the adware and bloatware, and don’t try to sneak it in under the umbrella of “certain applications customarily expected by users” then they are doing all of us a favour.
In fact, I’d like to see other PC manufacturers take the same approach.
Stop putting crapware on the PCs you’re trying to sell. Let users make their own choices about what software they want to install, rather than you forcing software on them that takes up unnecessary disk space, hogs memory and invariably is only there to bring incremental revenue to the vendor.
Lenovo, you better be telling us the truth. We’ll be watching you.
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