PUM.(Optional)

Short bio

PUM.(Optional) is a category of Malwarebytes’ detections that deal with potentially unwanted modifications (PUMs). To learn more about PUMs, you can read the related blog content section.

Type and source of infection

Typically, PUMs are registry settings or browser modifications that could have been changed by PUPs or malware. You can find which settings have been changed and where by looking up the PUM detection profile.

Protection

PUM.Optional is a detection category only, so there is no protection against PUMs. But we do offer protection against the PUPs and malware that are known to make these modifications.

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUMs without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that All Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Add an exclusion

When a PUM 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 PUM, you must add the PUM as an exclusion.

  1. Open Malwarebytes for Windows.
  2. Click Settings, then click the Protection tab.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom.
  4. Turn off Automatically quarantine detected malware.Turning this setting off prevents Malwarebytes for Windows from quarantining the PUM automatically.
  5. Go to the Dashboard, then click Scan Now.
  6. When the Threat Scan Results appear, uncheck the box next to the detected PUM you want to keep.
  7. Click Next.
  8. On the Remaining Items window, click Ignore Always to add the exclude the detected PUM(s).
  9. Turn on Automatically quarantine detected malware.To find this setting, click Settings > Protection.

When a PUM is excluded, Malwarebytes for Windows does not detect the PUM during scans or Real-Time Protection.

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