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Encountering the Wild PUP

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The Internet is full of dangers; threats like malware, phishing attacks, hackers and drive-by exploits are some of the most commonly mentioned.

But did you know that there is a far more common threat to users that no one in the media seems to talk about, a threat that almost everyone who has ever owned a computer has experienced.

These threats are known as Potentially Unwanted Programs and they are the day-walking vampires of the internet.

What is a Potentially Unwanted Program?

A Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) is software that is not inherently malicious but often utilizes high amounts of system resources and is a common cause of user headaches, spam e-mails and slow systems.PUPs are not usually malicious in design and therefore have avoided being classified as malware.

Their behavior may be explained in a EULA agreement, a document that lists out their intentions and requires the users approval in order to install the software.PUPs count on this user approval to...(continued)

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