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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Name Threat Level Detection Count Date
Windows PC Backup Wizard 11/10 890 March 2, 2016
Windows Route Manager 88/10 28 July 20, 2016
Windows Version Installer 11/10 853 November 3, 2014
WindowsActivationError 11/10 17,727 June 3, 2016
WindowsMangerProtect 11/10 1,393 September 24, 2015
WindowsProtectManger 55/10 7,080 November 19, 2014
WinExpand Ads 22/10 48 November 10, 2015
WinFix Pro June 16, 2015
WinkiSearch August 25, 2020
Winner Download Manager 11/10 1,439 November 13, 2014
Winner Media Player Ads 11/10 112 December 4, 2014
WinPcap 00/10 0 August 7, 2013
WinRepair Pro 11/10 162 December 21, 2015
Winserv.exe CPU Miner October 19, 2017
Winservice86 October 6, 2014
WinstarNssmMiner Cryptojacking May 17, 2018
WinThruster 11/10 8,475 September 26, 2016
WinToFlash Suggestor 11/10 3,722 June 17, 2014
Winvmx Client 22/10 31 March 13, 2017
WinWord64 Ransomware August 21, 2020
WinZipper August 3, 2016
Wise System Mechanic February 27, 2018
WiseEnhance January 31, 2014
WiseFolderLock April 28, 2017
WiseMacCare August 14, 2020

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