Some Lenovo PCs Ask to Install Bloatware, Even After a Clean Install of Windows
The utility was discovered and popularized recently on the Ars Technica forums . The specifics are a little complicated, but it essentially works like this: many Lenovo models ship with something called the Lenovo Service Engine, which is a BIOS-level utility that installs itself after you install Windows-even if it's a clean, non-Lenovo disc. Afterwards, it prompts you to download all of Lenovo's bundled utilities, even if you aren't connected to the internet. (If you are connected to the internet, it will send some system data back to Lenovo as well).
In addition, if you use Windows 8, Lenovo takes advantage of a feature Microsoft built into the OS that does this-so both Lenovo and Microsoft are to blame here.
For end users, this seems like more of a mild annoyance than anything (since you can choose "cancel" at the prompt), but it's also a
To see the models affected and view instructions on how to remove the Lenovo Service Engine, click the link below. You can also see a more detailed analysis of the story over at TechWorm .
Photo by Maurizio Pesce .