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 22/10 15 April 20, 2015
Webveil Browser 11/10 62 January 8, 2016
WeKnow March 1, 2019
WhatsappTime 88/10 1 February 23, 2016
Whilokii 22/10 1,372 October 7, 2013
WhiteClick January 8, 2019
Whizmarket Search 11/10 204 June 5, 2017
Win Heal 2016 11/10 73 September 27, 2016
Win PC Optimizer 11/10 121 April 20, 2015
Win PC Repair 2018 June 19, 2018
Win Speedup 2018 April 24, 2018
Win Tonic December 19, 2017
Win Tuneup Pro 11/10 312 January 20, 2017
Win32:Adware-CLU [PUP] 88/10 7,710 March 23, 2015
Win32:InstalleRex-BO 11/10 2,605 August 12, 2014
Win32.Application.KreaPixWebplayer.A 11/10 0 April 9, 2014
Win32.LocalInfect.2 88/10 1 October 27, 2014
Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google December 25, 2014
Win32/DownloadGuide.F 99/10 0 April 3, 2015
Win32conduit.searchprotect.h 11/10 3,593 June 6, 2014
Wind Browser 11/10 679 November 24, 2015
Window Common Manager 88/10 34 September 6, 2016
Window Quick Manager 1010/10 11 September 16, 2016
Window Rates Manager August 25, 2016
Window User Manager September 21, 2016

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