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|
|Websmart App||2/10||15||April 20, 2015|
|Webveil Browser||1/10||62||January 8, 2016|
|WeKnow||March 1, 2019|
|WhatsappTime||8/10||1||February 23, 2016|
|Whilokii||2/10||1,372||October 7, 2013|
|WhiteClick||January 8, 2019|
|Whizmarket Search||1/10||204||June 5, 2017|
|Win Heal 2016||1/10||73||September 27, 2016|
|Win PC Optimizer||1/10||121||April 20, 2015|
|Win PC Repair 2018||June 19, 2018|
|Win Speedup 2018||April 24, 2018|
|Win Tonic||December 19, 2017|
|Win Tuneup Pro||1/10||312||January 20, 2017|
|Win32:Adware-CLU [PUP]||8/10||7,710||March 23, 2015|
|Win32:InstalleRex-BO||1/10||2,605||August 12, 2014|
|Win32.Application.KreaPixWebplayer.A||1/10||0||April 9, 2014|
|Win32.LocalInfect.2||8/10||1||October 27, 2014|
|Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google||December 25, 2014|
|Win32/DownloadGuide.F||9/10||0||April 3, 2015|
|Win32conduit.searchprotect.h||1/10||3,593||June 6, 2014|
|Wind Browser||1/10||679||November 24, 2015|
|Window Common Manager||8/10||34||September 6, 2016|
|Window Quick Manager||10/10||11||September 16, 2016|
|Window Rates Manager||August 25, 2016|
|Window User Manager||September 21, 2016|