Ever had unwanted popup advertisements come up to your screen or pass by them on the way to work? I sure have, and it really is annoying but sometimes tempting to get these products that promise to give the best quality items you need! But just like many of these products, they usually end up being useless and the exact opposite of what was stated in the ad, leaving you wasting money and effort trying to get it to work. This goes the same for PC and software.
Technology has become so advanced that there are now new software popping up everyday, claiming to provide the best services and give your PC the performance boost you need. These offers may seem enticing at first, but unfortunately, not all of them are true. Some of them can merely be claims, just like most advertisements, but only end up worsening the problem, in this case, slowing down the performance of your PC. It becomes both a waste of money and effort when purchasing these types of software, which is why Microsoft asks users to be wary of such unwanted software, blocking them if it’s an absolute must.
Detecting Unwanted Software
There are many software that actually do the job right, but because of the influx of fake software, it’s best to be knowledgeable on how to detect whether what you’re installing is legitimate or not. Here are two things most unwanted software show:
- Showing the user that he needs the product – These types of software create suspicion on the PC user, showing pop ups of errors they have “detected” from your PC and claiming that they can fix it for a free trial or a small fee. This leaves the user confused and wanting to get it out immediately, installing the software just to “fix” his PC quickly. If these mentioned errors aren’t specific or clear, and then chances are these are the types of ads you should just close and block for good.
- Deleting prefetch filed even when not needed – Prefetch files are small files that track how you start your computer and what programs are usually open, so that way it helps the startup process when switching on your PC. It’s a self-maintaining file located in the system folder, so there’s no need to heed much care on it. But some unwanted software actually delete these files, claiming them as errors. This makes your PC slower!
There are various security products offered from Microsoft to protect your PC from unwanted software. Windows Defender is one of them that actually does protect you PC from unwanted software, detecting these and blocking them. It follows a criteria that detects whether or not it is an unwanted program, these being:
- When the software does unnecessary things to your PC or “lies” about errors stated, saying inaccurate or exaggerated claims.
- Advertisements that make you need to install or visit other websites.
- The software will collect private information even when it isn’t necessary.
- Advertisements just pop out of nowhere, disturbing your web surfing or work.
- Consumer feedback from other people who have used the program themselves are negative.
What To Do With Unwanted Software and How to Prevent It
What you can do to prevent unwanted software is to install legitimate security programs that delete such items. You can also search on articles like these that help you become knowledgeable on such software and how to detect them yourself.
If you do stumble upon unwanted software and have installed them, you can easily block them from your PC after finding out its unnecessary use and report it to Microsoft to have it checked and permanently removed, or at least help other users and keep them away from making the same mistake. In the end, all you need is a good judgment call and make sure you do your research before you visit suspicious websites or install any program onto your computer to avoid damage or slower performance.
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