How to Remove Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)

The internet has tons of software available for download, and millions of different websites host identical versions of the same software. A lot of these programs are marketed as “free”, and we all know free is usually too good to be true. Potentially unwanted programs, also shortened to PUPs, are extremely common on download sites and download portals and are part of the reasons why a lot of software downloads are free.

You may be surprised to know that some of the most “trusted” websites are guilty of serving PUPs to their users, such as Download.com. PUPs may monitor your web browsing activity (or “spy” on you) and send information to third-party advertising networks, change your web browser settings, and even install browser extensions into your web browsers without your consent. PUPs can also slow down your computer, your web browser, and even your internet connection.

Whenever you download and install something from a random websites on the internet, there is a high chance you will be presented with the option to install additional recommended software. Usually this additional software is a type of PUP. The most well-known example is when you download Java from Java.com, you are presented the option to install ASK.com toolbar. While the ASK toolbar is a fairly non-intrusive piece of software, this is the exact method used by the most intrusive adware creators on the internet.

PUPs are usually complicated to remove, and they evolve every day making them more and more complex and difficult to remove. In this day and age an anti-malware tool is ESSENTIAL to keeping your PC clean of PUPs. Unless you are extremely talented and tech-savvy enough to edit Windows registry files and have the time to follow hours of removal tutorial videos, you should have something on your computer capable of detecting and removing potentially unwanted programs.

How To Remove Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)

Uninstall Applications in Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows key and X at the same time and go to the Control Panel
  2. Click “Uninstall a Program” to open the list of installed programs.
  3. Right-click any malicious or suspicious program in the list and select “Uninstall/Change

Uninstall Applications in Windows 8

  1. Press the Windows key and X at the same time and go to the Control Panel
  2. Click “Uninstall a Program” to open the list of installed programs.
  3. Select the malicious programs and click the “Uninstall” button.

Uninstall Applications in Windows 7

  1. Open the Windows start menu (Windows key) and go to Control Panel
  2. Navigate to Uninstall a Program
  3. Double click any malicious looking programs to begin uninstall

Uninstall Applications in Windows XP

  1. Press the Windows key and X at the same time and go to the Control Panel
  2. Click “Uninstall a Program” to open the list of installed programs.
  3. Select the malicious programs and click the “Uninstall” button.

Scan for Malicious Software

If you are infected with one potentially unwanted program, it’s likely there are more on your computer. Sometimes one single download can contain more than five pieces of adware or potentially unwanted programs. Imagine agreeing to install all of those onto your computer at once? This would result in a drastic decrease in the performance of your PC.

We recommend the SpyHunter removal tool, which has a real-time up to date database including all known browser hijackers and malicious PC threats.

Download Removal Tool for Potentially Unwanted Programs

 

Download and install SpyHunter from the button above, and get your free malware scan. Any malicious threats on your computer will be detected and identified, allowing you to remove them from your computer.

 

 

 

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