Updated 3/2: Lenovo has released a guide for removing the annoying Superfish bloatware that comes pre-installed on every one of its laptops. You can download the removal tool and find instructions for how to use it right here.
Updated 2/20: Changed the instructions for removing the Superfish certificate to work better with more computers.
When you buy a new laptop, you trust that the hardware and software are top of the line, and that it won't have programs on it that it shouldn't. Unfortunately, that's not always the case.
I've talked in the past about the problem of manufacturers putting "bloatware" on new machines that slow them down. Now, one of the biggest and most reputable laptop brands in the world has crossed the line.
It recently shipped laptops with an adware program called "Superfish" that watches what you're doing online so it could serve you relevant ads. That's shady enough, but it gets worse.
The way Superfish works means that any hacker can direct you to malicious websites and bypass any warnings you might normally get that the site is fake. This is a serious problem, and you need to know if you're at risk.