Relevant Knowledge came to my attention for the first time when Transcontinental mentioned that the latest version of the popular software updater SUMO contained the software as an optional component.
I soon discovered that all applications by the software developer, and several other popular programs for Windows, like MediaCoder, included Relevant Knowledge.
The developers earn revenue when Relevant Knowledge gets installed on a user's device.
Relevant Knowledge is classified as a PUP, potentially unwanted program, or adware, by many antivirus and security applications.
Lets discuss how Relevant Knowledge gets on the computer system before looking at what its functions are.
The most common distribution method is through the inclusion in software installers. Software developers may integrate Relevant Knowledge in their applications as a way to earn revenue from those installations.
The installer of the software program displays Relevant Knowledge as a step during the installation of the actual program the user wants to install. The installers that included Relevant Knowledge did not make it very clear on first glance what Relevant Knowledge is and what benefit its installation would provide.
The tiny text highlights what Relevant Knowledge does, and it is not pretty:
This software allows millions of participants in an online market research community to voice their opinions by allowing their browsing and purchasing behavior to be monitored, collected, aggregated, and once anonymized, used to generate market reports which our clients use to understand Internet trends and patterns and other market research purposes.
It goes on to state:
The user has the option to go back, accept or decline the agreement. Back simply goes back one screen, accept will install Relevant Knowledge on the computer system while decline will not install Relevant Knowledge and exit the software installation or skip it and proceed with the installation.
Looking at the agreement it is obvious that Relevant Knowledge is collecting and monitoring information about the user, the computer system and usage. It is also clear that the collected information is combined with information from various other sources to create an extensive profile.
Relevant Knowledge may also display surveys from time to time on the computer system. It is therefor clear that most anti-spyware applications and other programs that protect a computer system against malicious software consider Relevant Knowledge to be spyware.
Relevant Knowledge can be uninstalled from the Windows Control Panel or Apps section of the Settings application. It has its own entry there. Uninstallation will not affect the software program it was installed with.
On Windows 10, you'd do the following:
It is recommended to remove Relevant Knowledge as you may not want to give a third-party permissions to monitor, collect and analyze your browsing history and your purchases.
Some developers, like those who develop SUMO, provide access to a lite version of their application which will install the program without the Relevant Knowledge addition.
Users who usually click-through installations should begin to pay better attentions to the dialogs presented to them to avoid installing programs like Relevant Knowledge on their computer system.Advertisement
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