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anyone know where PUP malware comes from?


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#1 tobyo

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 12:47 PM

My daughter's PC had quite a few of these found when she ran a malware scan and she's not sure where they come from. So I'm hoping someone out there knows so that she can avoid whatever site infected her PC with this malware.

 

any help is greatly appreciated!  thanks in advance.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 01:51 PM

PUPs....potentially unwanted programs

 

They most often are bundled with free programs and add-ons. PUPs are also bundled with updates for programs such

as Flash and Java. Some, not all, programs during install will allow you to UNcheck the install of PUPs.

Others don't....foistware.

Malware can install PUPs, too and do.

 

Programs used to remove PUPs:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

AdwCleaner Download

Junkware Removal Tool Download

Free Virus Scan | Online Virus Scanner from ESET


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 03:35 PM

All you want to know about PUPs is in this topic: About those Toolbars and Add-ons - Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)

Have your daughter read it with you.

You may also want her to read these topics.
How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected
Best Practices for Safe Computing - Prevention of Malware Infection
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Posted 09 February 2014 - 03:45 PM

All you want to know about PUPs is in this topic: About those Toolbars and Add-ons - Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)

Have your daughter read it with you.

You may also want her to read these topics.
How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected
Best Practices for Safe Computing - Prevention of Malware Infection

 

oh yes, I remember these! thanks for the refresher. will definitely re-read and share with her. thanks!



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 03:48 PM

PUPs....potentially unwanted programs

 

They most often are bundled with free programs and add-ons. PUPs are also bundled with updates for programs such

as Flash and Java. Some, not all, programs during install will allow you to UNcheck the install of PUPs.

Others don't....foistware.

Malware can install PUPs, too and do.

 

Programs used to remove PUPs:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

AdwCleaner Download

Junkware Removal Tool Download

Free Virus Scan | Online Virus Scanner from ESET

Thanks for these as well.  We've done the malwarebytes so will definitely do the others as well.  thank you so much!!



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 08:41 AM

oh yes, I remember these! thanks for the refresher. will definitely re-read and share with her. thanks!

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