G DATA Launches CLEAN UP to Protect Users from Adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs

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Apr 25, 2013
Global security company, G DATA, today announced the release of their free, PC cleaning tool, G DATA CLEAN UP, to protect against adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), which together dominate the top 10 prevented attacks, according to G DATA SecurityLabs. Adware and PUPs are usually installed without the user’s consent and can become a serious nuisance, as they are very difficult to uninstall. CLEAN UP arms users against the most common types of adware and PUPs and helps to remove them reliably with just a few clicks.

With G DATA CLEAN UP, there is no need for installation. The user simply downloads and runs the CLEAN UP tool. Using a specialized technology, the tool detects nuisance adware and potentially unwanted programs that the user can then decide whether to keep or to delete.

“We created the free CLEAN UP tool to help all users, whether they are a current G DATA customer or not, guard their devices against annoying and potentially harmful programs that can be hidden and used for malicious purposes,” said Andy Hayter, security evangelist, G DATA. “This is a great addition to our suite of antivirus products as well, as they work seamlessly together, providing protection across attack vectors against a wide array of threats.”

What is Adware?
Adware is any program, which is installed in the background without expressed consent by the user. Adware is not harmful in itself, but it can collect data on user behavior to display customized ads and to harvest information.

What are Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)?
In addition to adware, there are an unnamed number of additional programs that can install themselves along with legitimate software. These include browser toolbars or programs that claim to optimize system performance. Intrusive displaying of ads as well as questionable promises are designed to lure the user into making a purchase. Generally, however, the only purpose of this type of software is to trick users into spending money or to slow down the PC.

System requirements for G DATA CLEAN UP:
PC running Windows Vista (SP1 or higher), Windows 7/8.x/10

G DATA CLEAN UP is independent from and compatible to any installed malware protection. Features and functions are subject to change through future updates.

For more information about "Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP)", watch our video or download the whitepaper that our G DATA experts have compiled for you.

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