Home Malware Programs Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) DuckDuckGo


Posted: September 24, 2013

DuckDuckGo is an authentic search engine, which can be installed on the computer system manually or emerge there out of nowhere. While DuckDuckGo is not associated with malware, it is sometimes called a potentially unwanted program (PUP). That's because DuckDuckGo may start annoying activities on the targeted computer, for example, display unwanted pop-up ads, alter compromised search results or slow down hijacked web browsers. DuckDuckGo may make affected web users visit unidentified websites that would never be displayed by Google or other genuine search provider. Once DuckDuckGo enters the attacked computer system, it mostly occurs instead of the default start page and default search provider. DuckDuckGo can be downloaded from legal download websites; however, it may also appear on the targeted computer when the PC useru does not pay enough attention to installation process of freeware and shareware programs and agree to install DuckDuckGo or other search engine as a free addition. In order to evade that, PC users should pay more attention to the installation process of freeware and shareware programs such as PDF creators, video converters and download managers. Usually, PC users should notice the check box that agrees to download DuckDuckGo and unmark it. If PC users miss this check mark, they might download DuckDuckGo to their computers.