Win32:PUP-gen Description

Win32:PUP-gen is a generic label for a program that's a potential security risk to your PC even if the program isn't deliberately malicious. Since many types of programs can acquire the Win32:PUP-gen label, you should use your judgment and recommendations from PC security companies to determine whether or not any particular Win32:PUP-gen alert is worth removing software. Win32:PUP-gen software can lead to security vulnerabilities. Those vulnerabilities may be exploited by additional PC threats or hackers and may also be detected as part of a component for either a high-level threat (such as a rootkit) or a low-level threat (such as adware). Under normal circumstances, malware research team recommends that you remove Win32:PUP-gen with anti-malware software unless you have an urgent matter and need to use the program in question.

Win32:PUP-gen – Spanning Every Possibility from Non-Threat to an Urgent Crisis for Your PC

Win32:PUP-gen, AKA a potentially unwanted program, is a label that's used for any type of program that displays characteristics that are typical for applications with poor security. Although most types of Win32:PUP-gen programs are specific to Windows and may even be designed just for 32-bit systems, their issues may also translate over to Windows 64-bit systems. In general, it's recommended for you to research into the history and risks for any specific program that triggers a Win32:PUP-gen alert, since Win32:PUP-gen detections, depending on the situation, can be anything from false positives to rootkits.

If you attempt to remove a Win32:PUP-gen program with anti-malware software and the program appears to reinstall itself, malware experts note that your PC is likely to be infected by a rootkit. Rootkits can be used to hijack your web browser, steal personal information or allow backdoor access to your PC, and due to their capabilities, should always be treated as high-level threats to your computer's safety. Particularly thorough safety measures, such as booting directly to the Command Prompt or booting from a USB device, may be required before anti-malware scanners can remove all components of a Win32:PUP-genrootkit.

Figuring Out Where You Picked This Pup Up for Your Computer malware experts have found Win32:PUP-gen to be in use as a label for many programs, but especially for the following types of software:

  • For MCLawl, a server application for the Minecraft online game. MCLawl isn't considered deliberately harmful but may be a security risk for your PC.
  • For rogue anti-malware products like SystemFix. Rogue anti-malware programs will create fake pop-up errors and fraudulent system scans to feed you inaccurate information about PC threats that aren't on your computer. They may also redirect your web browser or disable legitimate security programs.
  • For banker Trojans like Trojan-Banker.Win32.Banker. Banker Trojans steal personal information from banks, and often accomplish this by redirecting your web browser to phishing sites that look identical to authentic bank sites.

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Posted: January 13, 2012
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