Why does herdProtect automatically recommend removal of PUPs?

Recently I've been getting a few extra results in the PUP category.  Particularly from reason Heuristics and Avira.

That in itself isn't a problem, as it is good to know when something like that is present.  But what bothers me is the way herdProtect responds to such results.  Firstly, it automatically selects the item for removal.  This is something that should be controlled by the user, via settings.  In other words, we should be able to specify a default action for PUPs.  And secondly, if you look at the details for the result it says "Recommendation: removal is a good idea, this is unwanted".  That statement is presumptuous.  PUP stands for "*potentially* unwanted program", and many times a detected PUP is actually deliberately desired.  The recommendation language should be changed to something like the following:  "Recommendation: if you know what this is and you are sure you want it, then set to ignore, but otherwise removal is a good ideas because this is probably unwanted".

Asked Dec 11 '15 at 18:00
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