A PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program), is a software which gets downloaded automatically while downloading a specific software or application. It may be unsuitable for the userâ€™s PC. It comes bundled with some other freeware software. It displays pop-up ads or installs a toolbar in the default browser changing the search engine or homepage. It includes adware, spyware, scareware, and browser hijacker. Once it gets downloaded and installed into the system, it starts creating a problem for the user by interrupting the functioning of the PC, same as in the case of malware.
Today, the Internet is playing a vital role in our daily life. It is a platform, where people can connect to each other globally. However, with the increase in the use of Internet, the cyber crime is growing strong roots to damage and steal the user’s data by developing some unwanted programs like PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Program).
While downloading an application or program from the Internet, the user usually neglects to read the program’s agreement and fails to understand what they are exactly downloading. As the users are not familiar of these additional freeware, it results PUPs to enter into the computer system with the legitimate applications.
However, PUPs are deleterious for the user’s computer system. Once downloaded, it slows down the performance of the user’s PC by running various background processes.
It may display various unwanted pop-up windows or advertisements.
Here are some signs that show, the PUPs has started infecting the PC-
Below mentioned are the instructions to remove PUPs manually:
One should always pay attention while installing any software because it may include Potentially Unwanted Programs. So, be attentive at the time of installing a software or any program.