Lenovo customers who bought a laptop with Superfish adware installed are eligible for a free 6 month trial of McAfee Live Safe. Because of the Superfish debacle the computer manufacturer took several measures. Lenovo published a Superfish removal tool and promised to sell cleaner computers with less pre-installed software.
The company will also offer customers a free subscription to McAfee Live Safe. This security software can be used on multiple devices and should protect systems from malware and other online threats.
Victims of the Superfish adware can download a trial version of the software starting today and activate it next week on March 16th. In case users are already subscribed to Live Safe their subscription will be extended with 6 months.
In total more than 40 different types of laptops came with Superfish installed and are eligible for the free McAfee deal. Superfish is software that intercepted SSL connections to inject advertisements. The adware used its own root certificate for that. Researchers found a way to obtain the password used by the Superfish certificate which made it possible to perform Man In The Middle attacks on systems with Superfish installed.
After the 6 months trial, users have to subscribe to the McAfee Live Safe service or uninstall the software again.