The reputational damage to Lenovo over the Superfish scandal is totally out of proportion to the income Lenovo generated from this. However the benefit to the consumer is that every PC vendor will now think very carefully about compromising the user experience and or security through the installation of this type of software, before doing so.
Lenovo bagged a paltry US$250,000 from the deal that saw it install the Superfish certificate slurper onto PCs, according to reports. The PC maker was last month caught installing the ad/bloat/malware into its consumer PCs, sparking a very considerable backlash once the software's ability to intercept encrypted website communications was revealed. Forbes sources' now say Lenovo made between US$200,000 to US$250,000 from the deal to pre-install Superfish, a paltry amount given its net profit was US$253 million in the three months to December.