PC Tools Threat LevelsNote: These type of threats will be detected during a scan where you are given the option to leave them on the system but they are not blocked by SpywareDoctor's real time protection. You can also select not to have these threats detected in the scan by changing the general settings not to include 'Information Only' low level Threats in scan results.
Info & PUAs: these Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) have some characteristics of malware, but possess no known risks to your system. Typical characteristics could include:
* Displaying low-impact advertisements
* Partially uninstalling
* Applications which have been associated with adware or spyware in the past
A Potentially Unwanted Program
(PUP) is a very broad threat category that can include any number of different programs to include those which are benign as well as malicious. They may also be defined somehwat differently by various security vendors.
Some programs falling into the PUP category have legitimate uses in contexts where an authorized user or administrator has knowingly installed it. When flagged by an anti-virus or security scanner, it's because the program includes features, behavior or files that appear suspicious or which can potentially be used for malicious purposes. These detections do not necessarily mean the file is malware or a bad program. It means it has the potential
for being misused by others. Anti-virus scanners cannot distinguish
between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert you or even automatically remove
them. In many cases such detections can be a "False Positive
". Since these detections do not necessarily mean the file is malware or a bad program, you need to investigate further if not familiar with them.