Lenovo Reaches Settlement With FTC Over Adware Issue

Lenovo has come to a settlement with the FTC over its malicious Superfish adware issue. Superfish was preinstalled on laptops from August 2014 to February 2015. A settlement was reached with the FTC on a national level and with 32 states in the United States.

As part of the deal, it's going to pay a $3.5 million fine and implement a comprehensive security program for "most consumer software" that's preinstalled on laptops over the next 20 years. Lenovo will ask for affirmative consent before installing similar kinds of software on computers.

The adware was found in February 2015 and the Chinese company has largely continued to deny wrongdoing. Lenovo says it "disagrees with allegations contained in these complaints."