Winareo Tweaker is not a PUP! (New low for Microsoft)

Windows Defender now flags WinAero Tweaker (WAT) as a PUP and removes the executable from the folder.

WAT does not do anything by itself, the user must manually make it do anything.

Every single thing it can do is explained in great detail and can be done by anyone without using WAT.

The only thing WAT does is make it easier, and safer as you avoid mistakes, to both make and undue these changes.

One of the most popular tweaks is the one that disables "Ads and Unwated Apps". 

I'm sure this is why M$ has decided to purposley create a false positive in it's A/V software.

M$ is lying to us, plain and simple,  winareotweaker.exe is not a virus or a pup. 

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Wow!  Thanks smeed.

That developer just provided the best description of why his own app should be detected and displayed as  Potentially Unwanted Software that I've ever seen.

This is precisely the type of app that might be potentially misused as a Hacktool by attackers, so it's also exactly what I'd as a consumer user want Microsoft to detect and label it as.

As the developer himself says, anything that the app can do, there are other appropriate methods available that a consumer can use to perform them.  So by inference, there's no reason for the app to exist.

Lots of these types of tools out there created for intentionally malicious purposes, so unfortunately those that might not have been, will and must get lumped together.  Unfortunate reality of our times.

The wild west days of computing and "tweaking" are long past.  The writing's been on the wall for nearly a decade now.

Time for the tweakers to move on to Linux where they belong.  Leave Windows to the business and general consumer worlds where it belongs.

Rob

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I downloaded and extracted the software without issue. Scanned the executable (WinaeroTweaker-0.16.1.0-setup.exe)) with no threats detected.

Security Intelligence version - 1.313.1201.0

Anyone still experiencing detection by Windows Defender should Check for updates in Windows Security>Virus & threat protection>Virus & threat protection updates.

Windows Defender incorrectly flagged Winaero Tweaker as HackTool
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-defender-incorrectly-flagged-winaero-tweaker-as-hacktool/

~bhringer

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Thanks for the info! Sure sounds better :)

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Speak for yourself. I find Winaero Tweaker invaluable. The days of tweakers are not gone. In fact, for a treacherous OS like Windows 10, it is needed more than ever to fine-tune the OS to how you want it to work.

Anything can be abused. A cmd line format tool like diskpart can be abused to erase partitions automatically. Does this mean it should not be provided?

This app is used by power users, not hackers. All the same tweaks are also possible from the horrendous Windows Group Policy UI or Registry but limited to certain editions. This just provides a better searchable UI, better description of each tweak. Some tweaks are programmatic and use documented APIs provided by Microsoft for which no "registry" tweak is possible.

Don't mock it till you have tried it. This is not your usual variety of tweaking tool. It's a class apart.


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