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A Question About Mcafee Notification


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#1 moha

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 09:18 AM

it happens sometimes rhat when I want to install a new program that mcafee notifies me that it is PUP potentially unwanted problem > my question is does this message necessarily mean it is a spyware or such of the kind or it is just so because mcafee doesnt recognize it . thank you in advance for your anticipated help

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 11:08 AM

Potentially unwanted does not necessarily mean the file is malware or a bad program. It means it has the potential for being misused by others.

For example: Potentially unwanted tool:Application/Processor Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\Drew\Desktop\SmitfraudFix\Process.exe

process.exe is part of the smitfruad fix tool and detected by some antivirus programs as a "RiskTool", "Hacking tool, or "Potentially unwanted"; it is not a virus, but a program used to stop system processes. Anti-virus programs cannot distinguish between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert the user.
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