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Microsoft is banning the adware method that caused Lenovo’s Superfish scandal

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Dec 22, 2015.

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    The type of dangerous adware that Lenovo pre-loaded on PCs earlier this year will soon be banned entirely from Windows devices.

    In a post on its TechNet blog (via Engadget), Microsoft said it will no longer allow ad injection software that uses “man-in-the-middle” techniques, such as injection by proxy, changing DNS settings, and network layer manipulation. Microsoft will begin enforcing the rules on March 31, 2016.

    Once the policy goes into effect, adware will only be allowed through browsers’ official extensibility methods. In other words, if you want to see adware in Chrome for some reason, you’ll have to go to the Chrome Web Store and install it yourself. You’d then be able to uninstall the adware just as easily through Chrome’s extensions menu.

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