Important Alert for Lenovo Owners

Lenovo-logoA rare Tuesday post, but this is too important to wait.  If you own a Lenovo computer, you need to uninstall the Lenovo Accelerator application.  A recent security advisory from Lenovo reveals that the Accelerator application can allow an attacker to access Lenovo computers

“A vulnerability was identified in the Lenovo Accelerator Application software which could lead to exploitation by an attacker with man-in-the-middle capabilities. The vulnerability resides within the update mechanism where a Lenovo server is queried to identify if application updates are available.”

Lenovo recommends uninstalling the application.  This application is another example of manufacturer-added bloatware or crapware.  These are utilities and trial versions of applications that add little or nothing to functionality and can usually be removed.  Accelerator falls in this category, which is why it is not being fixed.

Uninstall the application by going to the Control Panel, Programs and Features applet, and selecting Accelerator from the list and click on the uninstall button.  For Windows 8.1 and 10 users, finding the Control Panel can be difficult since Microsoft decided to hide it, but search for “Control Panel” in the Windows or Cortana search box will allow you to find and open this utility.

 

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