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Configure ESET products to detect or ignore unwanted, unsafe and suspicious applications


This article applies to the following products:

  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus
  • ESET Internet Security
  • ESET Smart Security
  • ESET Smart Security Premium

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Your ESET product can detect potentially unwanted, unsafe and suspicious applications before they are installed on your computer. When you install your ESET product, you are prompted to enable or disable detection of Potentially unwanted applications. Whereas the detection of Potentially unwanted applications is configured during installation, the detection of Potentially unsafe applications is disabled by default and the detection of suspicious applications is enabled by default.


What is a PUA?

Potentially unwanted and suspicious applications are programs that may not be intentionally malicious, but can negatively affect the performance and reliability of the system or send information to third parties. Potentially unsafe applications, such as keyloggers and password-cracking tools, can have legitimate uses but can also be components of malware.

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To enable or disable the detection of potentially unwanted, unsafe or suspicious applications, follow the instructions below: 

  1. Open your Windows ESET product. How do I open my ESET product?

  2. Press the F5 key to access Advanced setup.
  3. Click Antivirus.
    Version 8.x and earlier: expand Computer and click Antivirus and antispyware.
  1. Select or deselect the check boxes next to Enable detection of potentially unwanted applications, Enable detection of potentially unsafe applications and Enable detection of suspicious applications according to your preferences. Click OK to save your changes.

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