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I have the attached in Defender, but it doesn't say what the app is. If you click on it it opens the
"Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device".
Well I don't know unless I know what it is.

Any ideas how to see what it is please ?

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I'd run a full/deep scan with WIndows Security, if things are found usually will be an arrow that will all revealing what the infection is and what file it's in, the Ask toolbar is famous for that but there's a lot of others.
 

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Good plan from @Berton I would also use Malwarebytes as well
 

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Done a full scan and say nothing - but the Potentially Unwanted App is still showing in App & Browser Control

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It could well be a wanted app, all AV's have a habit of saying that sort of thing from time to time
 

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But all I want to know is what is this 'potentially unwanted app'.

Malwarebytes will just do another scan and show nothing as Defender has.
 

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It could well be a wanted app, all AV's have a habit of saying that sort of thing from time to time
The annoying thing is how do we know if it's wanted or not, it's not showing what it is.
 

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It is an app that you may or may not want or may or may not be needed by windows, some AV's will even flag up apps you haven't used in a long while. It doesn't mean it is a virus or Malware. If you are worried create an image and then in worst case scenario you have something to fall back on
 

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The annoying thing is how do we know if it's wanted or not, it's not showing what it is.
The false positivity rate in WD is pretty high - that it does not even give the app name is pretty pathetic.

I gave up on WD a while ago when it flagged the apps I was developing as PUP - so I could not even do proper testing.

Just use Kaspersky it's far better.
 

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I have the attached in Defender, but it doesn't say what the app is. If you click on it it opens the
"Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device".
Well I don't know unless I know what it is.

Any ideas how to see what it is please ?

View attachment 22557

You can allow it, that question is about Defender. You will then see more information about the program and can decide whether to allow it or
Example. Edit: Translation. In the example, a potentially unwanted app has been removed and I can allow it.

Defender example.jpg
 

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I would check your installed apps and programs and see if there's anything there you don't recognize.
 

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Myself, I wouldn't even worry about it
 

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You should be able to display what Defender found. Try running this in an elevated Powershell

Get-MpThreat

See also this MS document.
 

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I'm not worried about it and I keep an OS backup, made when first clean install of Windows and Office
so no worries about any virus, in fact because of the OS backup I would probably click on a virus to see
what it did knowing I could sanitize C: and start afresh.

As for Kaspersky, Russian spyware, I would never trust anything from Russia or China.

It's a shame it doesn't tell you what it is, It's just like someone shouting 'look out' but not saying where or what
 

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I'm not worried about it and I keep an OS backup, made when first clean install of Windows and Office
so no worries about any virus, in fact because of the OS backup I would probably click on a virus to see
what it did knowing I could sanitize C: and start afresh.

As for Kaspersky, Russian spyware, I would never trust anything from Russia or China.

It's a shame it doesn't tell you what it is, It's just like someone shouting 'look out' but not saying where or what

All you have to do is allow the defender to make changes. Or you can use the command mentioned by RFS.
When you allow changes, you are not allowing changes to the Pup could do.

Example using that command which RFS mentioned. If you use the command, you do not need to specifically allow changes.

Example.jpg

If you still have doubts or have a different than my example, you can take a screenshot of the window asking for permission to make changes. The picture says more than just words. :)
 

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I find it strange that you got the warning only. Were you not directed to use Microsoft Safety Scanner or to some other follow up? Make sure that you are connected to the Internet when working with Windows Security because it is cloud-assisted.
 
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It's a shame it doesn't tell you what it is, It's just like someone shouting 'look out' but not saying where or what

Actually, it will probably do just that when you click "OK". Here is what I see after clicking "OK" in a similar situation.

pup.jpg

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Yes I wanted it gone but I would have loved to know what it was I was deleting.
 

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