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
Uncheckit 11/10 6,765 May 28, 2016
Unfriend Watch 22/10 77 July 27, 2015
UnfriendTool 11/10 626 April 11, 2014
Universal PC Mechanic February 6, 2018
unTabs May 31, 2017
Untrack Search January 15, 2018
UnzipApp Toolbar 11/10 132 July 14, 2015
UPCleaner March 2, 2016
UpdaterEx 22/10 738 April 18, 2014
UpdateSearch June 10, 2020
Upgradestance February 23, 2015
Uplayer 11/10 947 July 12, 2016
US System Care 11/10 2,728 May 11, 2016
USB Locker 11/10 33 July 31, 2016
Useful Program 22/10 34 February 9, 2015
uTab March 30, 2018
UTAdRemovalApp 11/10 1,733 March 19, 2014
Utcsvc.exe March 19, 2019
Utilitab Secure 11/10 4 March 17, 2016
Utilitool Default Search 11/10 3,070 August 24, 2017
Utility Chest Toolbar 11/10 12,939 May 27, 2013
UTuuberAdBllockeor (UTubeAdBlocker) February 3, 2014
VAB Downloader 88/10 0 June 5, 2017
VacationXplorer July 3, 2013
VacationXplorer Toolbar 11/10 112 November 28, 2019

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