I've spoken before about how bloatware still "infects" computers. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US just handed Lenovo a significant smackdown over adware they pre-installed on PCs that made systems vulnerable.
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Let's not sugar (or even aspartame) coat it -- SourceForge's reputation is in the toilet after the site's many attempts to wrap adware installers around popular open-source projects. However, SourceForge has just come under new management and the first change has been to jettison this controversial and unwelcome initiative.
Security researchers recently revealed that a certificate with security vulnerabilities has been shipping pre-installed on some Dell laptops. Here's what you need to know about this Superfish-like vulnerability, and how you can check to see if your Dell laptop is affected.
SourceForge's reputation has been on the decline since it became apparent it was wrapping installers hosted on the site with rather unwelcome adware. GIMP was one of the first to part ways with the FOSS repository and over the last few years, other prominent projects have also given the site the flick.
Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in a piece of adware called Superfish that makes your computer vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. Superfish ships preloaded on many Lenovo computers, but can also be installed on any machine. Here's what's going on and how to test if you're infected
When it comes to downloading programs, you always want to go to the source, however, this isn't always possible if the application in question doesn't have its own website and instead is distributed via SourceForge or CNET. In this case, you'll often have to deal with an adware-wrapped installer and while vigilance will make sure you get the download you want, we all slip up. Fortunately, a simple extension can remove human error from the equation.