View Full Version : Lenovo PCs installed custom software even if you wiped them

August 13th, 2015, 21:02
http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/2c8430a0468217c5feba7d90f56c46a8/202460370/lenovo-yoga-3-14-1200.jpg (http://www.engadget.com/2015/08/12/lenovo-updater-security-hole/)
Samsung isn't the only Windows PC maker to have hijacked Windows' update process (http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/26/samsung-windows-update/) as of late. Users have noticed (http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?p=29497693&sid=ddf3e32512932172454de515091db014#p29497693) that some Lenovo PCs running Windows 7 and 8 (such as the Yoga 3 (http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/05/lenovo-yoga-3-11-14-thinkpad-yoga-12-14-15/)) had firmware that automatically downloaded and installed Lenovo's own update software on boot, overwriting a Windows system file at the same time. More disconcertingly, this was true even if you wiped the system clean. So long as you were reinstalling a compatible version of Windows in the first place (including Windows 10 (http://www.engadget.com/2015/07/28/windows-10-review/)), those Lenovo apps would inevitably return.