How to Remove Potentially Unwanted Programs

What to do when your system’s programs settings and/or browser configurations have been infiltrated by a Windows-based PUP?

This how-to page is designed to explain what the meaning of PUP is, typical telltale signs and conditions that your PC would have been infected by a PUP, and how to remove potentially unwanted programs and protect your personal computer, with aggregated information from WindowsUninstaller.org. We PUP hunters quite reasonably concentrate on protecting you Windows starters from online adware, junkware and other forms of badware.

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First of all, what does a PUP mean? The mentioned term "PUP" stands for "Potentially Unwanted Program" (also known as, "Potentially Unwanted Application" (PUA)). It was created by McAfee, Inc. Many free software, shareware, 3rd-party or modified installer / downloader contain additional yet undesirable items. PUP is software used to spread stubborn toolbar (browser hijacker), adware, unknown apps even semi-trojware. As a very broad threat category PUPs can secretly collect, share even sell sensitive stuff, cause PUMs ("Potentially Unwanted Modifications") and disrupt your PC eventually.

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We Windows security experts have flagged PUPs as viruses or spyware. Over the years, lots of legit software, good vendors, download sites contains possibly unused, unrelated even unclear items, despite the fact that only few experienced users did not consent to download or install it/them. Examples include avast’s offline installer "fe41827a70f08614093beeeeba874a2d" (83.4 MB (87,529,432 bytes)), IObit’s ASC, AVG, etc. Needless to say, those aggressive program downloaders / installers have been repackaged to monetize its product(s) or Web site(s), feed its sponsor(s) and even embed malicious code(s) in an individual’s Windows operating system — they too often give users no chance to opt out. In short, most PUPs take too much resource by hijacking your browsers, popping up ridiculous coupons or fake alerts and more. Use Google’s VirusTotal to ensure that you do not have such riskware downloaded or installed. Review more screenshots on how to determine if your PC has been ruined by those perilous foistware.

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Dislike all other infectious PUPs? Don’t take chances online! WindowsUninstaller.org has a professional uninstall tool to ensure your privacy and security! The PUA cleaner is a great security measure to intelligently protect your computer system and personally identifiable information (e.g., your name, E-mail address, cell number, etc.). That’s the best way to remove potentially unwanted programs to ensure your Windows security. Arm your PC with the recommended PUA cleaner. Guaranteed hazardous toolbars, incomplete installation / uninstallation & other forms of bloatware removal, and thorough clutter deletion! Get secure! Preserve your online privacy. Protect your computer system from Internet disaster with this ultra-versatile uninstall tool suite. You do not need to purchase so-called online support to troubleshoot some emerging crapware.

How can you block potentially unwanted software?

It is highly recommended to UNCHECK installation options for unwanted and unsafe items…

Case 1: A good company make additional programs clear…

  • COMODO Internet Security Pro 2013 Installer was promoting the annoying Yahoo! search engine clearly. Yet, we strongly recommend that you readers check out the embedded "Customize Installer" as it includes other apps from COMODO team, such as the COMODO GeekBuddy and the COMODO Dragon Web Browser,

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Case 2: Semi-malware was spreading reported malware and other Windows annoyances: Bandoo Media’s iLividSetup-r1236-n-bf was acting like a junkware installer as it helped "optimizing" your system with the "Movies Toolbar for Firefox" (one of Ask Toolbar’s clones), the Torch Browser, plus changing your default web browser.

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Case 3: Some so-called goodware does tell you nothing about its PUPs that will be installed on your computer, such as the Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 7 (installer file version, v7.0.1.589).

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Case 4: MALWARE (e.g., some 3rd modified installer) was distributing antivirus software, ad-supported apps, spyware and more…

  • File name: avast(1).exe
  • Digital Signatures: Tuguu S.L.
  • File size: 372 KB (381,464 bytes)
  • Detection ratio: 10 / 50

Review: So-called avast Setup

  • "Welcome to the Avast Setup Wizard…"
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  • "… With the express option you are accepting the installation of the following…: SpeedUpMyPc and MyPcBackup"
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  • "Install Search Protect to set my home page… to Conduit Search for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome"
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  • "By clicking Next, … consent to install Dealply Toolbar…"
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Tough enough, right? Arm your PC with an uninstall tool pro so that you forcefully remove potentially unwanted programs ASAP!

How can I cleanly remove potentially unwanted programs?

The following video guide will give you additional information through the PUP removal progress. The recommended uninstall too pro will resolve the PUP attack, as shown above, shortly to allow you to thoroughly get rid of potentially unwanted software and hunt down and destroy all other unsuccessful, incomplete, unused and unneeded installations.

Related articles from the Web

What is PUP (potentially unwanted program)? – Definition from WhatIs.com
(PUPs) – How to Detect and Remove Potentially Unwanted Programs from Systems | McAfee Technology
How to Remove Potentially Unwanted Programs | eHow

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