What is PUA?

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What is PUA?

Postby alvarnell » Tue 18 Jul 2017 1:03 am

Application are classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA) for a number of reasons.

For an example of a PUA, let's say you willingly download a piece of software called Quick-n-Easy-Cleaner (that's a made-up name for the sake of this example) and you actually want it on your computer. If we start seeing Quick-n-Easy-Cleaner being distributed with malware and getting installed on other peoples' computers without their permission, or acting in suspicious ways which make removal difficult, Quick-n-Easy-Cleaner will get tagged as potentially unwanted application.

The keyword is "potentially". As you had willingly installed it, it's not actually unwanted for you. As such you can select it when it shows up and choose "Exclude from future scans". That tells ClamXAV to ignore it, and not flag it as a system infection every time you run a scan.
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