PUPs Associated with the “Pulse Secure will damage your computer” Pop-Up May Modify Your Browser’s Settings
There has been a rise in Mac users having their default homepage and search engine settings changed seemingly without their permission. One of the reasons behind this is a potentially unwanted program that also triggers a pop-up that displays the message “Pulse Secure will damage your computer.”
The PUPs or adware associated with the “Pulse Secure will damage your computer” pop-up generate pop-up ads or redirects to increase traffic to third-party websites in exchange for either pay-per-click or pay-per-view revenue. Having the “Pulse Secure will damage your computer” pop-up on your computer is not in itself particularly dangerous. Still, since the adware or PUP makers are known to not always properly vet the content that they are promoting, the possibility exists that users can potentially be redirected to a site that may contain harmful content. It is also likely that the adware or PUP may present users with pop-up or banner ads that may attempt to redirect them to questionable sites or expose them to harmful content.
Users are likely to have encountered and installed the potentially unwanted program behind the “Pulse Secure will damage your computer” pop-up when attempting to download other programs they may have needed. The PUP may have been hidden as part of a larger software bundle and thus made its way onto the user’s computer. This seemingly unwanted installation can easily be avoided by always opting for the custom install option when downloading and installing new software. This way, users can choose the programs they want to download onto their computer.
Removing the PUP Associated with the “Pulse Secure will damage your computer” Pop-Up
Frequently, users will attempt to remove PUPs, adware or browser hijackers apps by looking for them in their program files and deleting the folders that are named similarly to the name of the app being mentioned in the pop-up or by removing unfamiliar files. This is risky because computer users are often unaware of lesser-known files directly associated with computer performance and critical to certain functions. For this reason, it is highly recommended that users employ a reputable malware remediation program to scan for and remove all elements associated with the threats that cause the “Pulse Secure will damage your computer” pop-up.