Microsoft drowns pups

17db14b52ca8b0194575e73c461c9e77.500x374x1Software giant Microsoft has done the decent thing and upgraded its paid System Center Endpoint Protection and Forefront Endpoint Protection services to kill off PUPs.

For those who came in late, potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) are advertising injecting programs which run from inside enterprise networks.

Microsoft said that its upgrades will help system admins to eliminate potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from networks.  They are not explicitly malware but escalate corporate attack vectors and can make PCs behave oddly.

Microsoft’s Geoff McDonald, Deepak Manohar, and Dulce Montemayor say the PUP destroyer will be delivered through automatic updates.

In a statement they said that PUPs increase the risk of your network being infected with malware, cause malware infections to be harder to identify among the noise, and can waste helpdesk, IT, and user time cleaning up the applications.

“Typical examples of behaviour that we consider [to be PUPs] include ad-injection, many types of software bundling, and persistent solicitation for payment for services based on fraudulent claims.”

Admins should explicitly ban the installation of unsanctioned apps as part of corporate IT policies. The new PUP killer should alert users that some downloads may be blocked.

No word if this is going to be provided for the great unwashed. At the moment if a home user wants to drown a few Pups they have to invest in an adware program which will sometimes find them.