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
TaxCenterNow Toolbar 11/10 1,077 November 28, 2019
Teal Kitty Ads February 9, 2015
Team.exe CPU Miner May 14, 2018
TelemetricSys.exe CPU Miner February 6, 2018
Television Fanatic Toolbar 11/10 127,241 September 10, 2013
TelevisionAce Toolbar 11/10 295 August 28, 2017
Template Finder Now February 10, 2020
Templates Discovery Tab August 12, 2020
TerminusSys 11/10 4,510 June 1, 2015
Terrific Shopper Ads 11/10 53 February 27, 2017
Tesla Browser 11/10 561 October 9, 2015
Test iNet Speed Toolbar 22/10 292 October 20, 2015
Test My Speeds 88/10 28 March 24, 2017
TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar 11/10 7,311 November 28, 2019
Text From PC Toolbar 88/10 0 September 29, 2017
ThaeAdAopp 22/10 0 April 11, 2014
The Book Hub May 21, 2018
The CouponXplorer Toolbar 11/10 17,040 April 29, 2014
The Desktop Weather June 4, 2015
The Joke Vault Toolbar 11/10 5 December 8, 2015
The Reading Hub January 11, 2018
The Weather Center New Tab August 11, 2016
TheAdBlock 11/10 15 May 27, 2015
Theater Mode 22/10 20 March 21, 2014
TheConverterSearch September 9, 2020

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