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Posted by:

Cliff
15 Aug 2018

Thanks Bob, another great article!

Posted by:

Leonard Steele
15 Aug 2018

File downloads as Enable_Windows_Defender_PUA_protection.mp3
Have to manually change mp3 to reg

Posted by:

carl sistern
15 Aug 2018

I have Norton installed does this trick enable Defender to run

Posted by:

Victor Sperber
15 Aug 2018

This is very unclear.

The tech support note goes on to say: "PUAs are blocked when a user attempts to download or install the detected file, and if the file meets one of the following conditions: The file is being scanned from the browser; The file is in a folder with "downloads" in the path; The file is in a folder with "temp" in the path; The file is on the user's Desktop;

The file does not meet one of these conditions and is not under %programfiles%, %appdata%, or %windows%. "

Is it blocked?

Posted by:

John
15 Aug 2018

Excellent article Bob! In addition to Ninite, I also have Unchecky which is pretty meticulous regarding PUA's. Keep up the great work.

Posted by:

Danny G
15 Aug 2018

Unchecky does a good job
https://unchecky.com/

Posted by:

Russ
15 Aug 2018

When I right click the supposed reg file in your article, I get an mp3 file. Sorry Bob, your link does not work.

I'd love to get this and could actually edit the registry to do so, but I've got 9 Windows 10 computers and do not wish to take the time to do for each. Your reg file would be so much easier … if it was actually a reg file.

Posted by:

Mikey
15 Aug 2018

Excellent article, Bob. I'll be sharing this for sure!

Posted by:

Mikey
15 Aug 2018

Excellent article, Bob. I'll be sharing this for sure!

Posted by:

Jeffrey
15 Aug 2018

I subscribe to PC-Matic; Since it operates off a "White List", doesn't PC-Matic software automatically block the 'hitchhiker' programs, i.e. PUA's?

Posted by:

Chuck Meyer
15 Aug 2018

Regarding Foistware Blocker: In the registry there is an additional folder under the Windows Defender folder called Policy Manager. Should the key be in that folder????

Posted by:

Glenn
15 Aug 2018

Bob, a lot of opportunities to download something unwanted on your pages also.

Posted by:

Herb
15 Aug 2018

Bob - Great article again! I really admire your ability to stay up-to-date on all things tech-related and share it with others.
John - Thanks for the heads up on Unchecky. I got it and will see how well it works on the next software install.

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Rad
15 Aug 2018

Ok, I downloaded your "reg" file. It seems to be an mp3, but somebody below said to change the mps to reg. I did that and I installed it. I then rebooted and attempted to install Auslogics Reg Defrag, an installer that I know has "foistware".

I executed Reg Defrag and after uninstalling the "previous" version, I found a recommendation to install "Sheild Defense Ad Blocker" to Chrome. I had to uncheck the box and click on "Decline" to not install it. I was then offered Auslogics "Boost Speed", No check boxes, but I did have to click on "Decline". And then I was offered Auslogics "Driver Updates". Again I had to click on "Decline" finally, I was able to install Reg Defrag cleanly.

So, apparently the reg edit doesn't work on everything. Keep your eyes open. It is a dangerous world out there.

Posted by:

Rad
15 Aug 2018

Ok, I downloaded your "reg" file. It seems to be an mp3, but somebody below said to change the mps to reg. I did that and I installed it. I then rebooted and attempted to install Auslogics Reg Defrag, an installer that I know has "foistware".

I executed Reg Defrag and after uninstalling the "previous" version, I found a recommendation to install "Sheild Defense Ad Blocker" to Chrome. I had to uncheck the box and click on "Decline" to not install it. I was then offered Auslogics "Boost Speed", No check boxes, but I did have to click on "Decline". And then I was offered Auslogics "Driver Updates". Again I had to click on "Decline" finally, I was able to install Reg Defrag cleanly.

So, apparently the reg edit doesn't work on everything. Keep your eyes open. It is a dangerous world out there.

Posted by:

top squirrel
15 Aug 2018

Ninite is not "new." I've been using it for years.
Also try "Filehippo." Both do the same good things.
Both of these zap foistware as well as avoid a lot of other nasty stuff.
Never heard of "unchecky."
Thanks for the tip.
Before I knew about Ninite (et al) I just unchecked the boxes as applicable. Not too difficult.
Anybody who can't bear all that heavy work involved in (un)checking the boxes that are prechecked deserves all the foistware and toolbars he'd get.

Sometimes I fantasize there is a rule out there that says before you can click on "finish" you are compelled to click on a box they must put there which tells you how many extraneous pieces of software you have allowed on, gives their names and notifies you they will be installed if you don't go back and uncheck them. Something like the warnings they put on cigarette packages.

Posted by:

Bob K
15 Aug 2018

Author: Also important to note is that Defender defers to any third-party anti-malware program you may be running, so this junkware protection is inoperative unless Defender is your only security suite.

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This warning should have come prior to instruction on how to edit one's register.
Also, as one member mentioned already, Unchecky does a great job, and it works with all software.

Bob K.

Posted by:

Henry
16 Aug 2018

You lost me at: "If you know how to use the REGEDIT registry editing utility...."
WAY too techie for me 😒

Posted by:

Wild Bill
16 Aug 2018

I also recommend using Unchecky. It is quite effective at catching and unchecking the little boxes although it does not get them all (Avast trying to install Chrome browser, for instance).
So, keep an eye open while installing software, as always.

Posted by:

Richard
16 Aug 2018

Another helpful tool is Eulalyzer. This is free for personal or educational use (donations welcome). You cut/paste/target the EULA text into the program and it will highlight "clauses" you may be interested in. For example it will show if the programme is really free, restrictions on use and do forth. If it's in the EULA text it can also show that other programmes may additionally be installed/offered.

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