How Do I Get Rid Of “overseer.exe”?

Overseer.exe is apparently installed sometimes by Avast Free Anti-virus (and possibly other packages). The problem, as I discovered myself, is that uninstalling Avast did not remove overseer.exe.

That takes some extra steps.

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Footnotes & references

1: Yep, it happens to me too.

An Easy-to-Miss Source of PUPs

One of my assistants recently alerted me to a new (new to me, anyway) source of PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).

In fact, it was new enough that I didn’t pay close enough attention while investigating it, and almost ended up installing software I didn’t want or need.

Let’s use this as an opportunity to review what you need to look for when downloading software or software updates.

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How Do I Remove PUPs, Foistware, Drive-bys, Toolbars, and Other Annoying Things I Never Wanted?

Ending up with random software on your machine that you never wanted in the first place is annoying as all heck.

And unfortunately, it’s happening more and more. I’d say that PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs, although there’s rarely any “potentially” about it), rogue toolbars, and search-engine hijacks are some of the most common issues I see in my inbox.

I’ll talk a little about prevention, but first, let’s walk through the steps I recommend when you suddenly realize you’ve been saddled with software you didn’t know you’d agreed to and certainly never wanted.

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Footnotes & references

For example purposes, I installed ImgBurn – a utility that I actually recommend for CD/DVD burning and ISO manipulation – with default options. Several PUPs were installed as a result. I can’t underscore enough the importance of never, ever choosing a default install any more, and always paying attention to all options.