Potentially unwanted applications are programs that are not malicious but may unsuitable for use in the business environment.

Some applications are non-malicious and possibly useful in the right context, but are not suitable for company networks. Examples are adware, diallers, non-malicious spyware, tools for administering PCs remotely and hacking tools.

Certain anti-virus and endpoint security programs can detect such applications on users’ computers and report them. The administrator can then either authorise the applications for the use or remove them from the computers.