Posts Tagged ‘PUP’

Malwarebytes Acquires Junkware Removal Tool

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Malwarebytes is already one of the most widely used solutions for combating junkware, but this acquisition should make make Malwarebytes even more effective at finding and removing unwanted programs.

Malwarebytes, maker of the popular Anti-Malware security application and Anti-Exploit tool for the Windows operating system, announced on Monday that it acquired the free program Junkware Removal Tool from its developer Filipos Mouliatis.

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Report: All Major Download Sites Serve Potentially Unwanted Programs

Monday, March 16th, 2015

No surprises here … but the article does contain some good, common sense tips on how to avoid unwanted programs.

Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), adware or crapware is terminology for programs offered to you, usually in the form of being included in installers, that have nothing to do functionality-wise with the program you are trying to install. Software companies and developers include those programs to make money, and while they certainly do so, help spread those programs with the help of the Internet to thousands if not millions of home computer systems.

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Google Improves Unwanted Software Protection in Chrome and Search

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

This seems like it will be helpful, but as the article points out it will be interesting to see if these warnings apply to large download sites too.

Potentially unwanted software is a big issue in today’s computing. It is largely a problem on Windows systems and usually refers to the bundling of unwanted programs with software that you have downloaded from the Internet. The recent Lenovo scandal has shown that potentially unwanted software may also be added to systems by manufacturers of said devices.

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How to Deal with Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP)

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

When installing any kind of software or driver, it’s always a good idea to select “Custom Install” and keep your eyes open for any unwanted garbage that might be bundled with the software. That said though, even the most careful users sometimes end up with task bars and other junk that they didn’t ask for … and that’s when the procedures described in this article come in handy.

If you are running a modern security suite, chance is that you may have received notifications about so-called PUP or PUA on the PC. Companies use their own definition and list of programs that fall into the category which makes it difficult to come up with a catch-all definition. Generally speaking, any program that is distributed as part of another but not needed for its functionality can be considered a potentially unwanted software.

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