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Lenovo CTO admits company 'messed up' and will publish Superfish removal tool on Friday

Mark Hachman | Feb. 23, 2015
Lenovo plans to release an automated tool that will remove the Superfish adware from affected PCs on Friday, said the company's chief technical officer, who admitted that Lenovo had "messed up."

Hortensius said that Lenovo and Superfish had a "minor commercial relationship," without specifying further. The Superfish adware has not been re-installed on Lenovo PCs, and Hortensius said that if it struck a similar deal, "it would not be for a very long time".

With that said, Hortensius didn't rule out adware returning to Lenovo PCs. 

"I think you do this thing right, people like information and awareness," Hortensius said, when asked whether adware would be used again. "You do them wrong, it's obviously a disaster."


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