Stories by Gregg Keizer

Lenovo to flush 'crapware' from its consumer PCs after Superfish sin

Lenovo today said that it would immediately begin reducing the amount of "crapware" on its consumer PCs, a move triggered by last week's admission that adware pre-loaded onto the Chinese company's machines posed a critical security threat.

Yahoo gains U.S. search share on the back of Firefox

New measurements show that Yahoo continued to improve its share of the U.S. search market after striking a deal last year with Mozilla, the maker of Firefox.

Apple slates March 9 event, hints at Watch wearable

Apple today invited reporters and analysts to an event scheduled for March 9, when it will probably talk up the Apple Watch and perhaps unveil other hardware.

Researchers uncover signs of Superfish-style attacks

Researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday said that they had found evidence that implies attackers have exploited a security vulnerability in the Superfish adware and a slew of other programs.

Lenovo's brand 'buzz' score takes hit after Superfish crapware flap

Lenovo's "brand buzz" rating fell by half since news broke last week that it had pre-loaded hacker-vulnerable adware onto consumer PCs, a brand quality measurement firm said today.

Google scrubs Pwnium hack contest

Google yesterday said it would shut down its Pwnium hacking contest, which it has held alongside the better-known Pwn2Own challenge each spring since 2012.

More lawyers swoop down on Lenovo, Superfish with class-action lawsuits in hand

Lenovo and adware maker, Superfish, has come under more legal fire yesterday as two new lawsuits were filed in California federal courts taking the firms to task for putting consumers at risk of hacker spying and information theft.

What's a consumer Office 365 subscription worth to Microsoft?

As Microsoft has added more consumer subscribers to the rolls of Office 365, the amount of revenue per subscriber has fallen, according to estimates based on the limited information the company releases.

Chrome warns users of devious software that could impact Google's business

Google has added an early warning alert to Chrome that pops up when users try to access a website that the search giant suspects will try to dupe users into downloading underhanded software.

Apple will launch iOS public previews to get more eyeballs on bug hunt

Apple will launch an invite-only public beta of iOS 8.3 next month, then expand the program this summer with iOS 9, according to online reports.

Lenovo releases tool to purge Superfish 'junkware'

Lenovo has released a promised tool to delete the Superfish Visual Discovery adware from its consumer PCs.

Microsoft helps out partner Lenovo, deletes Superfish 'crapware' and rogue cert

Microsoft today updated its free Windows Defender and Security Essentials antivirus programs with a signature that sniffs out and deletes the rogue certificate linked to Superfish Visual Discovery, the "crapware" that blew up in Lenovo's face this week.

After years of complaints, Apple launches MacBook Pro video repair program

Apple today launched a program for MacBook Pros that will repair, free of charge, some laptops with distorted or no video.

Security experts call for halt to PC 'crapware' after Lenovo debacle

Well, the crapware certainly hit the fan.

Departing Firefox chief takes shots at doomsayers

Mozilla's head of Firefox took shots at doomsayers this week, calling those who wonder whether the iconic browser long ago peaked "dead wrong."

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