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, also known as Possibly 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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There are currently 3,331 articles listed on potentially unwanted programs.

Name Threat Level Detection Count Date
SuddenlyMusic Toolbar 11/10 415 April 30, 2015
Sup-SW Ads 11/10 0 November 6, 2014
Super Cleanup May 16, 2018
Super Driver Updater April 16, 2015
Super Mac Cleaner August 21, 2020
Super Media Converter April 26, 2016
Super Optimizer 11/10 17,309 September 19, 2014
Super PC Cleaner 11/10 3,662 October 5, 2015
Super PC Cleanup 11/10 669 November 25, 2016
Super System Optimizer May 18, 2016
Super Tuneup October 10, 2018
SuperAdRomove 88/10 2 June 19, 2015
SuperBrowser June 24, 2016
SuperClick Ads 22/10 2,033 May 18, 2015
SuperCouponPro 11/10 1,693 February 27, 2017
Superfish Window Shopper 22/10 51,038 January 21, 2013
SuperPCFix January 29, 2014
SuperPlusRadio 22/10 810 January 22, 2015
SuperText Ads February 9, 2015
SupportFreeContent 11/10 678 July 6, 2017
SupTab 11/10 124,250 January 24, 2014
Survey Bypasser 44/10 0 October 18, 2013
Suspicious_gen.f47v0316 88/10 0 March 23, 2015
Sweet Surprise Slots 11/10 0 May 18, 2015
Swift Media Converter 22/10 153 June 1, 2015

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