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What is a PUA/Adware file?


A PUA is a Potentially Unwanted Application.  It may be an application found on your computer, such as WeatherBug.  It could be a malicious hacking tool downloaded to your computer or spyware, but could also be a program you installed and want to run on your computer.  Sophos Anti-Virus recognizes it as a potentially malicious program and sends an alert.  These types of programs are pretty uncommon which means you will only occasionally see alerts for PUAs.

  • PUAs - Wikipedia
  • PUAs - Sophos Security Analysis



Adware is normally installed with other applications.  This type of software can slow down the computer and will pass on personal information to a third party. Adware applications include AOL Instant Messenger, WeatherBug, Yahoo! Messenger and others.

This article was updated: 07/9/2013