What is potentially unsafe applications?

Discussion in 'ESET NOD32 v3 Beta Forum' started by dja2k, Oct 30, 2006.

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  1. dja2k

    dja2k Registered Member

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    Is it me or was this a new option added to the Nod32 2.7 beta? What is potentially unsafe applications and why is it off by default and not prompted to turn on with advanced option walk-through screen you get at the beginning? Is it safe to turn it on or is it buggy and will give too many false positives at this point?

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    It is the renamed "Potentially Dangerous Applications".

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    There are two, unsafe and unwanted applications...

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    [Edited to replace incorrect information. AG]

    Hello,

    The "Potentially Dangerous Applications" item has been renamed to "Potentially Unsafe Applications" (which I am going to call PUsA, for short).

    PUsA is the classification used for commercial (legitimate) software, such as keyloggers, remote access tools, password-cracking tools and the like which are known to be used by malware authors and often bundled into their creations.

    A new category has been added as well: "Potentially Unwanted Applications" (PUwA)

    PUwA is the classification used for adware which is not necessarily intended to be malicious (provides a EULA, requires consent for installation, uninstalls cleanly, etc.) but that people may not want on their systems for various reasons.

    It is up to users to determine if they wish to enable them. The default settings for PUsA and PUwA are "off."

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    Thanks for the detailed explanation.

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    To make it clear - during installation, NOD32 always prompts the user to choose whether to enable PUwA or not. This setting has no default mode for attended installation.
     
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