Remove PUP.Optional.SoftMedia – How to?

About PUP.Optional.SoftMedia

PUP.Optional.SoftMedia detected by your anti-virus utility likely means a generic possibly not wanted application (PUP) is inhabiting your computer. It’s a kind of infection that does not have the aim to harm your system as its goal. The PUP may be disguised as a practical application so as to avoid removal. You’ll encounter PUPs being advertised as reliable computer cleaners or security applications, and typically games. The reason they’re usually classified as potentially unwanted because they employ program bundling to set up sneakily, and then try to get money without actually giving any valuable service. You’ll constantly be pestered to purchase useless software if you have a bogus system optimization tool or virus removal installed, and your browsing will constantly be disrupted by ads if the PUP is a browser plug-in. It’s categorized as a PUP for a reason, therefore it is recommended that you uninstall PUP.Optional.SoftMedia.


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PUP spread ways

As there frequently are official web pages for PUPs, it is not impossible for you to have downloaded it yourself. It’s recommended to do more research in the future before application installation if you wish to avoid PUPs.

PUPs also often use the bundling method to install on users’ devices undiscovered. This is a simple technique that is often used for junk program installation. Oftentimes, free applications comes with extra offers added to it, and need to be deselected. The items are usually concealed, which is why a lot of users do not see them.

If you do not pay attention to software installation, you will not be able to stop these unnecessary items. Default settings will not show added offers, so opt for Advanced (Custom) options if you’re given the option. You will be able to deselect all offers once they’re made visible.

Is PUP.Optional.SoftMedia harmful

PUP.Optional.SoftMedia is a generic detection name for PUPs, which widely used security utilities like Kaspersky, Symantec, Avast, Malwarebytes, TrendMicro and ESET commonly use. The threat is not especially malicious, even if it is identified by a lot of anti-virus tools. The PUP will try to persuade you to either buy useless programs, or expose you to a lot of ads for money. And no matter which PUP is currently inhabiting your PC, the initial symptom is generally an increase in adverts.

The most essential thing you ought to remember is that buying full versions of PUPs is a bad idea, because it would be a waste of money. We’d also like to remind you that advertisements brought about by PUPs are not reliable, therefore do not engage with them.

PUP.Optional.SoftMedia uninstallation

If you’re reading this, you possibly have anti-virus utility that cannot delete PUP.Optional.SoftMedia even if it identifies it. You might need to use a different anti-virus tool or do everything manually in case your current anti-virus program isn’t capable of eliminating PUP.Optional.SoftMedia. To help with manual PUP.Optional.SoftMedia elimination, we have posted guides below this article. Your anti-virus program might be reporting on a non-existent infection, and it is known as a false positive.

PUP.Optional.SoftMedia Behavior

  • Slows internet connection
  • Changes user's homepage
  • Common PUP.Optional.SoftMedia behavior and some other text emplaining som info related to behavior
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Integrates into the web browser via the PUP.Optional.SoftMedia browser extension
  • Redirect your browser to infected pages.
  • Modifies Desktop and Browser Settings.
  • Distributes itself through pay-per-install or is bundled with third-party software.

PUP.Optional.SoftMedia effected Windows OS versions

  • Windows 10 38% 
  • Windows 8 29% 
  • Windows 7 18% 
  • Windows Vista 4% 
  • Windows XP 11% 
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PUP.Optional.SoftMedia Geography

Remove PUP.Optional.SoftMedia from Windows

Remove PUP.Optional.SoftMedia from Windows XP:

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

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

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

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

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

Remove PUP.Optional.SoftMedia from Your Browsers

Remove PUP.Optional.SoftMedia from Internet Explorer

  • Press Alt+T and select Internet Options.
  • Select 'Advanced' and click 'Reset'. reset-ie PUP.Optional.SoftMedia
  • '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.SoftMedia
  • In Search Providers you can set any page as your new search tool.

Delete PUP.Optional.SoftMedia from Mozilla Firefox

  • Type in about:addons in your browser’s URL field. firefox-extensions PUP.Optional.SoftMedia
  • 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.SoftMedia

Terminate PUP.Optional.SoftMedia from Chrome

  • Type chrome://extensions in your browser’s URL field. extensions-chrome PUP.Optional.SoftMedia
  • 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.SoftMedia
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