Lenovo is Pre-installing Spying Software on Laptops, Here’s How to Stop It

Chinese multinational tech giant, Lenovo, has been found to be installing spying software (spyware) on its laptops (yet again).

Most of its laptops (and some smartphones too) come pre-installed with certain default software(s) from the very start. While some of it is essential, a lot of it is just useless crapware installed for corporate (or financial) reasons.

Shockingly, Lenovo has been caught using this technique to spy on its own users for financial gain.

Hidden Lenovo Spyware Program

Michael Horowitz, a writer at ComputerWorld, bought a ThinkPad (Lenovo’s flagship Laptop lineup) this year and decided to go through the task scheduler database. There, he found a task called “Lenovo Customer Feedback Program 64”, running on a daily basis. He also found some other files in the task’s folder that pointed to Omniture, an online marketing and web analytics firm.

Horowitz clearly remembers that he signed no agreement to give Lenovo the authority to use his PC usage data while setting up his PC, nor was he notified of such a software. He also managed to uncover a document which mentions the data being taken was “non-personal and non-identifying information”. Soon after, Lenovo also issued an official statement claiming that they collect “non-personally identifiable statistical usage data that is not tracked to any single customer or device”.

However, given their poor track record in ensuring their customers’ privacy, it’s hard to trust them on this one. This is not the first time that Lenovo — the largest PC maker in the world — has been caught spying on its own users. In fact, it’s the third time!

The Superfish Scandal

In early 2015, Lenovo was found pre-loading an adware software called “Superfish” on their laptops. Superfish, named after the advertising company that made it, was used to alter search results on your web browser to show you different ads than you would otherwise see.

What really messed it up for Lenovo was the fact that Superfish was hugely flawed. It exposed critical user data like banking transactions, passwords, emails, instant messages for attackers. Known as a man-in-the-middle attack, hackers could use this flaw to spy on the users’ Internet traffic and even infiltrate their computer.

“We messed up badly,” said Peter Hortensius, Lenovo’s chief technology officer.

BIOS Rootkit

The very same year the Superfish scandal hit the headlines, Lenovo was caught red-handed again in a similar case. This time, the Chinese company was using a hidden Windows feature to install unwanted and un-removable rootkit software on certain Lenovo laptop and desktop systems it sold.

Called “Lenovo Service Engine” (LSE), it was a piece of code inserted into the firmware. It was responsible for making sure that a user cannot uninstall Lenovo software. If a user did that or re-installed Windows, the LSE would automatically download and install Lenovo’s software again during boot time. It could even survive a full system wipe-and-reinstall.

How to remove Lenovo Spyware?

Fortunately, it’s not hard to remove this software (unlike RootKit and Superfish). It will barely take a few minutes and you should definitely do it if you want to ensure your privacy:

  1. Download TaskSchedulerView (32-bit or 64-bit, depending on your computer)
  2. Search your Lenovo computer for Lenovo Customer Feedback Program 64.
  3. Disable Lenovo Customer Feedback Program 64 daily task from running.
  4. Rename the Lenovo folder to anything else in “C:\Program Files (x86)\Lenovo”

What Can Consumers Do Against this Breach of Privacy?

As we conclude this piece, it bears mentioning that consumers have the power to ensure that a high-profile company doesn’t get away with such blatant disregard for privacy. The only way to change Lenovo’s behavior is by not using your wallets when it comes to Lenovo products. Until the company abandons their anti-privacy practice altogether that is.

This is How You Can Save All of Your Snapchat Photos

Every teenager’s favorite social app, Snapchat, has been around for quite a while now. The app’s recent update added a new feature that has made it even easier to backup all the photos you take inside the app.

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Snapchat’s basic purpose is to upload photos for a short time, after which they are lost forever, and only the sender can save the photos if they want to. Recently, they dispatched an update to its mobile apps that added a new feature called “Memories”. Previously, the app allowed you to save photos directly to the gallery after taking it, but now the photos are saved in the “Memories” collection.

However, there is still a way to backup your Snaps to gallery and here’s how you can do it.

How To Save Your Snaps to Gallery

  1. Launch the app and tap on the little “Ghost” icon at the top.
  2. Tap on the little gear icon and then tap on “Memories”.
  3. Check the box marked “Auto-Save Stories”.
  4. Tap on “Save to…”.

Once you have done this, all the photos that you will put on your Story will also be stored in your phone’s gallery. You can also tap on the little save icon on the snaps you are sending to your friends to store them too.

Backing Up

Since your photos are now saved in the gallery like any other photo, you can use a variety of different storage options to backup your photos. We have listed some of the best free photo-backup options for Android as well as iPhone below,

  • Google Photos
    Free Storage: 15 GB for high-resolution (Google Drive). Unlimited storage if you limit your photos to 16 MegaPixels.
    Android | iPhone
  • iCloud (iPhone only)
    Free Storage: 5 GB
  • Dropbox
    Free Storage: 2 GB
    Android | iPhone

Latest Nail Art Latest Collection 2016

Hands are the most important part of human body and play a very important role in beauty of your personality. Women take care of nails to enhance beauty of the hands. Nail paints are available in different beautiful colors with different shades and tones. Many nail polish brands are available in the market like Medora, Oriflame Sweden, Swis Miss etc. These nail paints are available in mat colors, in glitters, or in pearl shades. So it’s easy to do nail art with simple double coating of nail paint. So anyone can do the nail art easily with just double or triple coating of nail paint.

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Few years back, women used to apply them simply but now trend is shifted to nail art. Trendy and stylish nail art makes your hands more attractive. It also increases the beauty of your personality. Nail art is a well demanded fashion among young girls. Every female want to see herself more pretty and beautiful. For this they tend to adopt the latest trend of nail art and for this purpose different kinds of sticker, nail art kits and nail art drawing techniques are available.

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For providing easiness to girls and women, here are some pictures of nail art collection as below. They can get an idea regarding the latest trend. These nail art designs are very easy and anyone can try these designs easily. These designs are elegant and beautiful and I hope you will like our collection and prefer to visit our website next time.

Beauty Tips for Skin Care Latest Collection Online

A person’s judgment is started from his/her face. So face skin care should be essential part of your daily routine. Clean and healthy skin develops confidence and positive self-pride.

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For taking care of skin, natural ingredients are now preferred. Natural skin care products include a lot of benefits like nourishment of skin, improvement in color, texture and tone, reduction of puffiness and skin pigmentation.
You can do to battle the signs of aging by proper taking care of your skin. Reviving your skin with the right product can reduce these signs. The elasticity of a person’s skin can be promoted by continuous use of natural ingredients and it also reduces the discoloration and wrinkles on face.
Multiple skin care products are available for all types of skin: dry, normal, or oily skin. Similarly many tips of using natural ingredients are available for taking care of your skin. Dermatologists recommend to drink 2 liters of water per day, proper exercise, good nutrition, spend much time in fresh air, and take care of your skin with natural skin care products.

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Here we want to share a tip for skin care through natural ingredients. Turmeric and lemon are good cleanser for your skin. It makes your skin shiny and soft. It removes tiny fuzz from your face and whitens your skin. Honey is also the best cleanser. It is also used in many masks. Similarly chickpea flour proved a very good cleanser. The use of these natural ingredients reduces the signs of aging and keeps your skin healthy and attractive. That’s why mostly women prefer to use natural ingredients.

Mehndi Trend and Fashion Combination in Sub Continent

Mehndi Trend and Fashion Combination in Sub Continent

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Mehndi, also known as henna, is a thick paste with beautiful ant attractive smell. It is made up of grinded mehndi leaves, oil & water. It is bought in a cone shaped tube and it is used to make designs on palms and feet on special occasions like Eid, wedding. Mehndi is now popular all over the world. In south Asia, bride is incomplete without applying beautiful mehndi designs on her hands and feet.

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Adorning hands with mehndi ideas is an art which demands perfection. For this purpose, multiple mehndi designs are brought out each year. Different design patterns are given for different palm shapes and skin tones. For perfect design application, women prefer to get the mehndi applied from an expert.

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Henna patterns are the most wanted items among the ladies of South Asia at special occasions. These patterns are divided into different categories like Arabic designs, Pakistani designs & Indian designs.
Mehndi designs are now applied as fashion and it doesn’t have a distinct cultural meaning. So trend of mehndi designs changed every year. Here we provide a collection of latest mehndi designs which are mostly demanded by the young girls.

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Pakistani mehndi designs are very detailed. They are composed of complex patterns of lines and symbols. Mehndi artist can consume ten minutes to two hours to complete one side of a hand. It depends on the pattern of design either it is detailed or a single sequential short design.