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
TheEasyWayPro December 11, 2019
TheGameSearcher January 29, 2018
TheHDvid-Codec C+ 88/10 5 January 12, 2015
ThePresidentSays Extension June 28, 2018
ThePresidentSays Toolbar 11/10 33 November 28, 2019
TheSearchGuard New Tab Extension March 23, 2018
Tiger PDF May 8, 2020
TigerMovieSearch January 29, 2021
TigersDeal 11/10 2 June 7, 2017
Tigo&Bully 88/10 131 July 4, 2017
TiktokSearches June 5, 2020
TinderTop 22/10 2 September 16, 2016
Tinychill Search February 17, 2020
Tlerauic 88/10 1 March 22, 2017
Today in History New Tab December 4, 2017
Todays News Reporter 11/10 526 July 10, 2017
Toothy 55/10 69 September 26, 2017
TOPFlix Ads 22/10 304 February 12, 2016
TopMusicSearches September 9, 2020
TopSportsSearch November 20, 2020
TornPlusTV 11/10 345 November 21, 2014
Tortuga Browser 11/10 3,009 July 30, 2015
Toss Carnival Game Extension January 5, 2018
Total Antivirus 2020 July 30, 2020
Total System Care August 14, 2015

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