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#1 vivekarora

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 01:03 PM

I am getting this message since yesterday from McAfee

 

McAfee prevented a potentially unwanted program from running. Protect your PC by only allowing programs you trust.

 

About this Potentially Unwanted Program

Name: Adware-BProtect!DFF52BC406A7

Quarantined from: C:\ProgramData\Network Acceleration\Network Acceleration.dll

 

What shall I do? Shall I delete this folder? or Is there need to download any tool? If yes, then what is the use of McAfee?

 

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 02:16 PM

A Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) is a very broad threat category which can encompass any number of different programs to include those which are benign as well as malicious. Thus, this type of detection does not always necessarily mean the file is malicious or a bad program. PUPs in and of themselves are not always bad...many are generally known, non-malicious but unwanted software usually containing Adware or bundled with other free third-party software to include toolbars, add-ons/plug-ins and browser extensions. PUPs are considered unwanted because they can cause undesirable system performance or other problems and are sometimes installed without the user's consent since they are often included when downloading legitimate programs. PUPs may also be defined somewhat differently by various security vendors and may or may not be detected/removed based on that definition. That fact adds to confusion and a lot of complaints from end users asking why a detection was not made on a particular file (program) they are having issues with.

To learn more about PUPs and how you get them, please read: About those Toolbars and Add-ons - Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)

Some programs falling into the PUP category have legitimate uses in contexts where an authorized user or administrator has knowingly installed it. Since PUP detections do not necessarily mean the file is malicious or a bad program, in some cases the detection may be a "false positive". Anti-virus scanners cannot distinguish between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert you or even automatically remove them. If you installed, use or recognize the program and it is not causing an issues, then you can ignore the detection.

Accelerator.dll - Speedbit Accelerator (Accelerator) file information

Note: Many anti-virus programs and some security scanners have options to include or exclude the detection of PUPs because of how they are defined. If your anti-virus is not finding any PUPs, then most likely the settings have been set to exclude or ignore detection. If your anti-virus is finding but not removing PUPs, then most likely the settings are set to detect but not take any action.


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