Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) or are applications that are not malicious in the traditional sense of the word but rather, from a user’s perspective, behave in an unwanted manner. There are many different reasons (some obvious and some less so) that cause a user to perceive an application as unwanted.
They sometimes come bundled with freeware software, and even if you can use the software at no additional costs, it will display pop-ups or install a toolbar in the default browser, changing the homepage or the search engine.
Some of them will also run several processes in the background, slowing down the computer or will display numerous ads. These programs can be installed without your consent (also called adware) or will be included by default in the express installation kit.
Here are the criteria used to classify a software as PUA or PUP:
How to report a false detection or request a review
If you think that the detection was done in error, please email us at [email protected]