PUP/PUA Guideliness

A PUA / PUP (potentially unwanted application / potentially unwanted program) is a software that may be unwanted on the PC and sometimes comes bundled with freeware software. You can use the software at no additional costs but it will display pop-ups or install a toolbar in the default browser changing the homepage or the search engine. Some of them will also run several processes in the background, slowing down the PC or will display numerous ads. These programs can be installed without your consent (also called adware) or will be included by default in the express installation kit (ad-supported). In order to avoid installing such PUA / PUP, you have to always install the main software by choosing the advanced/custom options. For security reasons, our product will detect such software, will warn you about its presence on the system, allowing you to take the action you want with that application. Antivirus X-Out will detect the application as PUA or PUP.

Here are the criteria used to classify a software as PUA or PUP:

  • SEO Poisoning
  • Malicious Permissions
  • Privacy break even if there is a privacy policy in place
  • Changing browser settings without consent
  • Small misleading information about performed actions
  • Missing uninstall information
  • Misleading content
  • Mandatory offers
  • Malicious behaviour
  • Misleading permissions
  • Threatening or scary messages
  • Distribution of other PUA applications

If you think that the detection was done in error, please email us at false-positive@cyberintellsolution.com