Amulec is a free application for the eDonkey network; in other words, it is a P2P file-sharing program that provides you with access to downloadable files (video, music, games, and movies). Although this software seems to be a legitimate and reliable application, we have still categorized it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it can be found spreading in questionable ways. In fact, it is possible that this PUP infiltrates your system without your knowledge and brings along a couple of other “uninvited guests,” such as adware programs and browser hijackers. This kind of behavior should not be tolerated if you consider yourself as a security-minded computer user. We suggest that you do not wait too long before you remove Amulec. Of course, only do so if you do not use this application or do not know what it is doing on your computer in the first place.
Yes, it is actually quite likely that you have no clue how this PUP has managed to sneak onto your system. This is possible because it is spread in freeware bundles. Of course, we do not claim that this is the only way for you to install this PUP as you will see a bit later on. Installing bundles is always risky; even more so when you download one from a suspicious website or by clicking on a questionable third-party advertisement. Ending up on unfamiliar file-sharing and gaming websites can be quite dangerous because you have no idea where it is unsafe to click or whether it is safe at all. As a matter of fact, such pages are filled with unreliable third-party content. For example, you may find a number of fake download buttons, fake next and previous-page buttons, fake software update notifications, and other made-up system error notifications in the form of banners and pop-ups. If you click on such content, you may drop a package of adware programs, fake alerts, keyloggers, Trojans, browser hijackers, backdoors, and PUPs.
The same can happen when there is a malware infection like an adware program on board and it displays unsafe ads while you are browsing the web. This can be rather annoying and obvious, which helps you to realize that your system could be infected. But these ads are not only annoying, of course; you can easily infect your PC with a bunch of malware installers by clicking on them or you may as well be redirected to malicious websites. We recommend that you stay away from questionable websites and clicking on random third-party content if you want to protect your computer from unwanted programs as well as malware infections. If you find this PUP on board, we advise you to scan your system with a decent online malware scanner to be able to identify all malicious and undesirable programs on your system. But before you do so, we recommend that you delete Amulec first.
In all fairness, this questionable program can also be downloaded from an official source, its promotional page at amulec.org. Well, as a matter of fact, you cannot download it from this site directly, but rather through this site as you get redirected to sourceforge.net/projects/amule/files/aMule once you click on any of the download links. But even if you can download this PUP officially, we still believe that there are better free options that you can find more reliable. If you do not even use this program, we certainly recommend that you remove it from your computer.
Amulec is a peer-to-peer file-sharing application that seems to work just fine. Depending on how you set it up before installation, you may start seeing third-party ads while using this program. This could hold some potential risks for you as you never know who the third party behind each ad is. Cyber criminals can easily exploit such a free program and promote questionable content, such as ads leading to malicious websites. This program also makes sure that it starts up automatically whenever you reboot your system. This could mean that you may not even be aware that this PUP is operating in the background unless, of course, it was you who knowingly installed it. All in all, we cannot advise you to keep a program that can be distributed in questionable ways because that does not strike us as a fully reliable application. If you want to keep your system secure, we believe that it is best to delete Amulec.
Finally, we have good news for you if you are ready to act and want to remove Amulec from your computer: It is really easy to do so. All you need to do is locate the official uninstaller in Control Panel and run it. This should eliminate this PUP without any leftovers remaining on your system. If you wonder how you can do that, please follow our guide below this article. Removing this program will not restore full security on your computer though. You need to make sure that no potential threat source remains on board. You can try to identify all threats manually but this may not be successful enough. This is why we suggest that you employ a reliable anti-malware program that can automatically find and erase any existing malware infections as well as safeguard your system from them.
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