Potentially Unwanted Programs

The Internet is filled with free programs and tools making promises they fall short of, or that once installed performs unwanted acts. Potentially unwanted programs or PUPs are scattered throughout the Internet, whether a website offering or an inclusion in a freeware download. Like adware and legitimate software programs, PUPs may track surfing habits, collect data and send to a third party. PUPs are sometimes called 'greyware' because they fall in a grey area and do not necessarily or upfront pose a security threat. Sometimes through missteps of our own or someone else using our system, a program is installed that you want removed. Perhaps it didn't meet expectations or may be negatively impacting system performance. All programs having good intent should readily offer an uninstall feature for easy removal. In cases where the PC user finds it difficult to find let alone remove the components engineering a program, this should raise a red flag and incite the need to remove aggressively. If you are highly skilled editing the Windows Registry or are able to follow the technical jargon and mind-twisting instructions posted on a security forum, you may be able to manually remove unwanted files buried throughout your system. However, be very careful not to delete the wrong file and don't forget to reset viral restoration points as well as restore corrupted files. If a mistake is made, you could corrupt the hard drive and lose valuable data. While you may have backed up your data and programs, hopefully you stored the important and necessary product keys required to reinstall software. To be safe, we highly recommend you use a professional anti-malware solution able to find and safely remove malware without causing harm to your computer and able to restore corrupted OS files and components.

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Name Threat Level Detection Count Date
‘800-986-6350’ Scam Message February 13, 2015
‘844-332-7029’ Scam Message March 25, 2015
‘844-534-8203’ Pop-Ups 11/10 30 June 4, 2015
‘888-702-3606’ Scam Message 11/10 37 February 5, 2015
1ClickMovieDownloader 22/10 59,191 March 27, 2014
24×7 Help March 24, 2016
800 819-5830 Scam Message February 23, 2015
Accelimize 11/10 44 October 8, 2014
AdBlocknWatch 22/10 552 May 5, 2014
Aducky 22/10 10,817 May 13, 2014
Advanced Calendar 11/10 61,612 September 1, 2015
Advanced Cleaner Pro 11/10 448 November 17, 2014
Advanced PC Care 11/10 6,597 August 31, 2015
Advanced System Protector August 1, 2013
Adware.ShoppingReport 22/10 15 November 29, 2013
AirInstaller June 23, 2014
Aliapploader Virus 11/10 58 May 15, 2014
AnonymizerGadget 11/10 1,812 December 22, 2015
AppEnable 22/10 8,969 November 5, 2014
ArcadeCake 11/10 367 June 3, 2016
BackUpDutyLite October 14, 2013
BatBrowse 22/10 21,601 October 28, 2013
Beamrise Toolbar and Search June 7, 2013
Bellaphant 22/10 145 June 2, 2014
Best Save Ads 22/10 12,158 January 8, 2015

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