Hijack.AutoConfigURL is the generic detection for hijackers that change the target’s proxy settings on a Windows system.
Hijack.FolderOptions is a detection for a potentially unwanted modification that stops users from using the Folder Options dialog box on Windows systems.
The following registry value data are modified:
this value is set to
This removes the Folder Options from all Windows Explorer menus and removes the Folder Options item from Control Panel.
Malwarebytes can modify these registry value data back to their Windows default settings without user interaction.
Also, we advise users to do a full system scan as Hijack.FolderOptions could have been added to the system by malware or PUP.
When Hijack.FolderOptions is detected on your computer, Malwarebytes for Windows does not know if it was authorized. Optimization software, malware, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) are known to make these types of changes, hence they are regarded as potentially unwanted.
To have Malwarebytes for Windows ignore a Hijack, you must add the Hijack as an exclusion.
When a Hijack is excluded, Malwarebytes for Windows does not detect the Hijack during scans or real-time protection.