Saturday, January 23, 2016


Let's say you run Malwarebytes and get this alert.

PUM.Optional.HomepageControl, HKU\...\SOFTWARE\POLICIES\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\CONTROL PANEL|HomePage, 1, Good: (0), Bad: (1),,[...]

PUM stands for Potentially Unwanted Modification. This doesn't mean it's necessarily malicious. In fact in most cases this particular alert is probably normal and expected. Especially for example if you work at a company that automatically sets your homepage to their website. The reason Malwarebytes alerts you is for awareness since there are some pieces of malware that purposely alter your home page , for example setting it to their malicious site, or changing your search engine, etc.

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