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What is a potentially unwanted application (PUA)?

White Paper Published By: ESET
Published:  Sep 07, 2011
Type:  White Paper
Length:  8 pages

This paper gives some examples of "potentially unwanted" and "potentially unsafe" applications, explaining how they differ from out-and-out malware. A potentially unwanted application is a program that contains adware, installs toolbars or has other unclear objectives. There are some situations where a user may feel that the benefits  of a potentially unwanted application outweigh the risks. For this reason, ESET assigns them a lower-risk category than other types of  malicious software, such as trojan horses or worms.

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