What is a tweaker?

Latest update: 27 October 2020 ID: 2822

A tweaker is a special utility designed to adjust and optimize the protection settings of an operating system or a specific application, e.g. system boot tuning programs, registry optimizers, etc.

The settings are adjusted by changing the values of registry keys or configuration files.

A tweaker can help do the following:

  • Improve operating system performance
  • Install applications
  • Get system information
  • Manage autorun elements
  • Configure Desktop settings
  • Manage PC power and protection settings

However, tweakers can also be used by criminals to gain access to a user’s system and run malicious applications.

To prevent such actions, the checkbox Perform recommended actions automatically is enabled by default in the General section of the Kaspersky application settings. If the checkbox is selected, the application will automatically perform the action recommended by Kaspersky engineers upon detection of a possibly dangerous event. When the feature is disabled, the application will notify the user about all dangerous and suspicious events it detects. Pay particular attention to notifications about application startup. If you did not start the application yourself, we recommend that you do not allow it to run.

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