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Aug 7 2014   4:57PM GMT

Disconnect from internet when uninstalling PUPs

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun


gremlinWe’ve all seen it: You try to uninstall junkware and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and they phone home to tell you how sorry they are to see you leave. That’s annoying enough, but what else is going on that you don’t know about? Besides not asking for your permission to connect in the first place, they may be:

  • Logging your user information such as IP, OS, browser info, etc.
  • Installing more junkware (toolbars, etc.) in the background without your knowledge or consent.
  • Installing malware such as key loggers and browser hijackers.

The only way to be sure this doesn’t happen is to disconnect from the internet when uninstalling this stuff. And the absolute best way to uninstall it safely is to reformat the hard drive and re-image the OS.

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