How to remove PUP.Optional.Downloader

About PUP.Optional.Downloader

PUP.Optional.Downloader is a generic detection that indicates a possibly unwanted program (PUP) being installed on your system. Before proceeding, it ought to be said that PUPs are not particularly severe contaminations, as they don’t aim to directly harm your PC. So as to avoid detection and elimination, the PUP might be pretending to be a handy application. The PUP might be disguised as a game or a browser add-on, an security tool or a system cleaner. PUPs are essentially programs that install without your explicit authorization via software bundles, and then attempt to trick you into purchasing worthless services. Bogus computer optimizers and security applications will request you to purchase the complete applications, while you will be regularly seeing advertisements if you’re dealing with a dubious browser add-on. There is no reason why you should keep it, thus delete PUP.Optional.Downloader.

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How are PUPs distributed

It is likely you installed the potentially unwanted application yourself, believing it to be a beneficial software. If you did purposely install the PUP, next time you are installing a application, we recommend doing thorough research.

It’s more likely, however, that the PUP used the bundling method to install. This is a rather simple method that is typically used for installing junk software. Junk programs are permitted to install alongside freeware if they are added as extra offers. Conveniently, those extra offers are often concealed, which is why a lot of users don’t deselect them.

Unless you pay attention to software installations, you will not be able to stop the unnecessary software from installing alongside. Advanced (Custom) settings are what you ought to select so as to make all offers visible. You should be able to uncheck anything that is added.

Should you be worried PUP.Optional.Downloader

For some generic PUP infections, anti-virus applications like Kaspersky, Symantec, Avast, Malwarebytes, TrendMicro and ESET will use the PUP.Optional.Downloader detection name. Most security applications will find it, but it is not especially dangerous. The PUP will attempt to convince you to either purchase useless software, or expose you to loads of advertisements so as to make revenue. An increase in adverts is usually the first symptom of the contamination and that goes for most PUP types.

Paid versions of PUPs are a waste of money, and we’d like you to bear that in mind. Furthermore, you are essentially exposing yourself to malware and scams if you engage with ads brought about by a PUP.

How to uninstall PUP.Optional.Downloader

If your malware elimination utility catches PUP.Optional.Downloader but you are reading this, attempts to erase PUP.Optional.Downloader might not be successful. It is not impossible that your current virus removal program will not remove PUP.Optional.Downloader, in which case you would have to try manual PUP.Optional.Downloader elimination or try a different security application. Manual PUP.Optional.Downloader uninstallation instructions can be found by scrolling down. It ought to also be said that these detections might also be what’s known as a false positive, meaning your anti-malware utility might be detecting a non-existent threat.

PUP.Optional.Downloader Behavior

  • PUP.Optional.Downloader Connects to the internet without your permission
  • PUP.Optional.Downloader Shows commercial adverts
  • Steals or uses your Confidential Data
  • Distributes itself through pay-per-install or is bundled with third-party software.
  • Redirect your browser to infected pages.
  • Common PUP.Optional.Downloader behavior and some other text emplaining som info related to behavior
  • Shows Fake Security Alerts, Pop-ups and Ads.

PUP.Optional.Downloader effected Windows OS versions

  • Windows 10 33% 
  • Windows 8 30% 
  • Windows 7 17% 
  • Windows Vista 6% 
  • Windows XP 14% 
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PUP.Optional.Downloader Geography

Remove PUP.Optional.Downloader from Windows

Remove PUP.Optional.Downloader from Windows XP:

  1. Open menu by clicking Start.
  2. Control PanelAdd or Remove Programs. win-xp-control-panel PUP.Optional.Downloader
  3. Remove the application.

Remove PUP.Optional.Downloader from Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  1. StartControl PanelPrograms and Features win7-control-panel PUP.Optional.Downloader
  2. Find the unwanted program, right click on it and select Uninstall.

Remove PUP.Optional.Downloader from Windows 8/8.1/10:

  1. Right-click on the Metro UI screen, All appsControl Panel. win8-control-panel-search PUP.Optional.Downloader
  2. Select Uninstall a program, find the program you want to uninstall, right-click and select Uninstall.

Remove PUP.Optional.Downloader from Your Browsers

Remove PUP.Optional.Downloader from Internet Explorer

  • Press Alt+T and select Internet Options.
  • Select 'Advanced' and click 'Reset'. reset-ie PUP.Optional.Downloader
  • 'Reset Internet Explorer settings' → 'Delete personal settings' → 'Reset'.
  • Press 'Close' and then ‘OK’.
  • Press Alt+T and select Manage Add-ons. Press Toolbars and Extensions and remove the unwanted extensions. ie-addons PUP.Optional.Downloader
  • In Search Providers you can set any page as your new search tool.

Delete PUP.Optional.Downloader from Mozilla Firefox

  • Type in about:addons in your browser’s URL field. firefox-extensions PUP.Optional.Downloader
  • Go through the list of extensions and remove the unwanted ones.
  • FirefoxHelp (Help in menu for OSX users) → Troubleshooting Information → Reset Firefox. firefox_reset PUP.Optional.Downloader

Terminate PUP.Optional.Downloader from Chrome

  • Type chrome://extensions in your browser’s URL field. extensions-chrome PUP.Optional.Downloader
  • Go through the list of extensions and remove the unwanted ones.
  • Type in chrome://settings in the URL bar.
  • Advanced settingsReset browser settings. chrome-advanced PUP.Optional.Downloader
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