Lenovo poisoned its own PCs with Superfish adwareComputer maker Lenovo preinstalled adware that security researchers say leaves owners vulnerable to hackers. But there's a way to get rid of it. Also, Samsung has a new weapon against Apple Pay after acquiring LoopPay.
If you bought a Lenovo computer recently, I have some bad news for you. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNet update. [MUSIC] Lenovo has been caught pre-installing adware on its computers, and that activates when an owner turns on their computer right out of the box. This adware leaves Lenovo computers susceptible to being hacked. Lenovo poisoned its own computers just to make some more money by forcing you to see extra pop-up ads on websites. It's so bad, it borders on the hard to believe. Screen shots shared online show that the ads pop up when you hover over certain images on a website. Site. People report this happening when using Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Although Lenovo has said in statements that it's statement, other security experts say otherwise. The adware is called Superfish and it's programmed with a bad security certificate that can break through encryption. Hackers can use this weakness as a backdoor to. Spy on your browsing and steal sensitive data. With this on your computer, you wouldn't know if you're visiting a fake banking website. SuperFish is reported to have been shipped on Lenovo PCs since mid-2014. Lenovo says it's stopped putting SuperFish in computers in January of this year. We didn't find it installed on some Lenovo laptops that we have in the CNET lab. But if you have a Lenovo computer, you need to do a quick check if you're infected. Search for a program called Visual Discovery and uninstall it. You also need to manually remove the bogus Superfish security certificate and then follow that up with a virus. Scan, because antivirus programs have flagged this as a bad thing. You can find a detailed explanation of how to remove it on CNET. I don't know how anyone will trust a Lenovo computer after a dirty move like this. Well, in other news, Samsung has a new. New tool in the battle against Apple Pay. The company just purchased LoopPay, which is another mobile payments company that works a little differently than Apple Pay or Google Wallet. It doesn't use NFC. It actually works on old card swiping machines. LoopPay is integrated into a smartphone case. You press a button on the back of the case when you're next to a traditional credit card magnetic strip swiper and it wirelessly sends the payment data through. Retailers don't need to buy special machines or software to accept this mobile payment now that Samsung harnesses this technology the company could combine that with NFC. To create some sort of mobile payment service that works on all types of machines, old, and new. And instead of a bulky case, maybe it'll be built into the next Samsung Galaxy phone. The Galaxy S6 will be unveiled at an event on March 1st, and Samsung plans to show off new mobile payment offerings. That's your tech news update. There's always more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]