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Lenovo promises less bloatware on its new computers

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Lenovo says the next batch of Windows 10 computers will come with a minimum of bloatware, as the company looks to "become the leader in providing cleaner, safer PCs." The announcement comes on the heels of the disastrous Superfish adware, which came pre-installed on a number of Lenovo machines and broke fundamental SSL protections, exposing users to man-in-the-middle attacks. Lenovo has been widely criticized for its pre-installed software practices in the wake of the news, and this is the first indication that the company may be changing its ways.

But while the statement is certainly a step in the right direction, it still leaves the door open for a lot of potentially unwanted software. Lenovo's Windows 10 computers will still ship with security software like McAfee as well as software associated with a particular hardware device and the frustratingly vague "Lenovo software." More importantly, the company is promising extensive documentation on all pre-installed software, which will help catch any future adware before it takes hold.