On my Toshiba laptop there are a variety of different Toshiba programs that came pre-installed. Many of them are some sort of utility, optimizer, checkup, and update kind of programs that I guess are commonly referred to as bloatware.
One of these programs in particular, called "Toshiba Laptop Checkup" tries to run its "checkup" every so often automatically, and when it does, the following error message is displayed:
A secure connection with this site cannot be verified. Would you still like to proceed? The certificate you are viewing does not match the name of the site you are trying to view.
If I click "Show Certificate" details, I get a certificate with the following information:
Issued to: www.bcrea.bc.ca Issued by: Go Daddy Secure Certificate Authority - G2 Valid from 3/10/2015 to 10/2/2017
When I google
www.bcrea.bc.ca , the top result is the
British Columbia Real Estate Association .
That is extremely random and unrelated to me, and the "Toshiba Laptop Checkup", so what gives?
I have read this article about Superfish. While a lot of information there and elsewhere about Superfish is over my head, and I don't really understand it the technical details, I remember that the vulnerability involves certificates and pre-installed software on computers. That also made me wonder just what is going on here?