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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.