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How does Junkware get on a computer?

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Do you have software programs that appear to be trying to keep your computer safe from spyware, malware, viruses, trojans, worms, and ransomeware however are more annoying than good? Do you not know how these software programs got onto your computer in the first place?

Oftentimes this “bloatware” or “junkware” is installed on a computer via a third party installer possibly bundled with free computer games, media players or CD burning software. The “junkware” will sometimes even get installed on a computer by tricking a user by popping up a fake “windows-like” alert that offers a “fix” to an “issue” on a computer. Junkware is often installed on a computer without the direct knowledge or consent of the computer owner.

Junkware usually is installed on a computer as “freeware” as in it is Free to install and use, however oftentimes the real intent of the software is to sell an upgraded version to the computer user.

The real disadvantage of having junkware on a computer is that it is using the processor and RAM and ultimately making the overall speed of the computer slower. When several junkware programs are running at the same time, it can really make a computer crawl!

Examples of Junkware

SUPERAntiSpyware JunkwareSUPERAntiSpyware is a “Freeware” software application which can detect and remove spyware, adware, trojan horses, rogue security software, computer worms, rootkits, parasites and other potentially harmful software applications. Although it can detect malware, SUPERAntiSpyware is not designed to replace antivirus software.

Registry Reviver Junkware“Registry Reviver” is another common “junkware” software application that people often have on their computer. Registry Reviver is registry utility whose purported purpose is to remove redundant items from the Windows registry. The software helps to automate the process of looking for invalid entries, missing file references or broken links within the registry and resolving or removing them. The necessity and usefulness of registry cleaners is a controversial topic, in which most experts are in disagreement over their benefits.

Registry Reviver software is typically bundled with third party installers. The software attempts to trick a user into installing it with a message that the software will “Offer your users a registry scanner and optimization tool designed to let novices find registry errors and help maintain peak Windows performance.”

Can Junkware be Uninstalled

Sometimes a computer user can uninstall junkware via the Windows uninstaller in the Control Panel. However oftentimes these programs will leave “junk” in your registry that may cause issues in the future with the computer. To insure that the “junkware” is properly uninstalled from a computer, take the computer to a local computer repair store where a computer repair technician can properly uninstall the junkware from the computer. To be sure this junkware get removed from your computer Call South City Computer today to scheadule an appointment.

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