Manufacture Lenovo has, as promised released software to remove the SuperFish adware from it’s computers.
Lenovo reported it through it’s support-page where manual instruction were found to remove the SuperFish adware. Instead of the manual removal instruction it has been updated with new software to remove the Superfish adware automatic.
Affected customers need to download the program, and run it. After which both the SuperFish adware as the corresponding browser certificate are automatically removed. This software should work for Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari.
The SuperFish adware revealed earlier this week, a large vulnerability. Lenovo provided the software until January of this year as standard with many of its products.
Lenovo denied the security risk in first place, but later admitted the situation. The company behind SuperFish insists that the adware does not bring Lenovo users into a potential risk.
Automatic Removal of SuperFish adware and it’s certificate
- Open the Removal Tool
- Click “Analyze and Remove SuperFish Now”
- If SuperFish is found, it will notice you about it and SuperFish adware and it’s certificate will be automatically removed from your computer and browser.
Notice: for manual instructions follow the instruction below.
Manual Removal Process for SuperFish “VisualDiscovery”
A) Instructions to determine if you have the SuperFish application installed and how to Uninstall it
Step 1. Step 1: On Windows 8.1, Open Search
Step 2: Search for “remove programs” and select “Add or remove programs”
Step 3. In the list of installed items, locate “Superfish Inc. Visual Discovery”.
Note: If you do not find an item with the name “Superfish Inc. VisualDiscovery”, you do not have the application installed. However, you should still continue on to
Step 4: Select “Uninstall”. The uninstall will take several seconds. When the uninstall completes, it will automatically be removed from the list of installed programs.
Step 5: After confirming the removal of the application, please follow the steps for “How to remove the SuperFish certificate”.
B) Instructions to determine if you have the SuperFish Certificate installed and how to remove it:
After uninstalling the SuperFish application, the certificate may still remain. It is very important to delete the certificate even though the application itself has been removed.
Note: These instructions will remove the certificate from the following browsers:
– Internet Explorer
– Google Chrome
– Any other browser that utilizes the Windows Certificate store.
Step 1: On Windows 8.1, Open Search
Step 2: Search for “Certificate”. Select “Manage computer certificates”.
Step 3: When prompted by Windows, “Do you want to allow this program to make changes to this computer?”, select ‘Yes’
Step 4: The certificate manager window should appear. On the left hand panel, select “Trusted Root Certificate Authorities” followed by the sub-folder “Certificates”. On the right panel, find the item with the name “Superfish, Inc.”.
Note: If you do not find an item with the name “SuperFish Inc.”, the certificate is not in the Windows store. You may still need to remove it from Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird if you have them installed. Proceed to
Step 5. Right click on the item labeled “Superfish, Inc.” and select ‘Delete’. On touch systems, you may select the red ‘X’ in top toolbar.
Step 6. When prompted by Windows to confirm the deletion, select ‘Yes’. The certificate should now be removed.
Step 7. Restart your device.
Step 1. Open Firefox browser and press either the orange Firefox button
or the Settings button
Step 2. Select Options from the menu
Step 3. Select Advanced from the Options window
Step 4. Next, select the Certificates tab, then press the View Certificates button
Step 5. On the Certificate Manager window, select the Authorities tab, then scroll through the list to find and select the SuperFish, Inc. certificate. Then press the Delete or Distrust … button.
Step 6. In the Delete or Distrust CA Certificates window, select the Superfish, Inc. entry. Then click on OK on all open windows to accept the changes.
Step 7. Restart your device.
Reminder: If you have Thunderbird and Firefox you may have to repeat these steps for each application.