PUP.Optional.BrowserModule

Short bio

PUP.Optional.BrowserModule is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a family of potentially unwanted browser hijackers that use extensions for browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer to show advertisements.

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.BrowserModule comes bundled with other software and uses browser extensions to show advertisements.

Protection

Malwarebytes protects users from PUP.Optional.BrowserModule by using real-time protection.

block PUP.Optional.BrowserModule

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.BrowserModule

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.BrowserModule without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

If you are using Opera, you may have to remove the Extension manually under Opera > Extensions. First, disable the extension and then click the x behind Tables and click OK in the prompt to confirm.

Malwarebytes removal log

A Malwarebytes log of removal will look similar to this:

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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 4/18/17
Scan Time: 9:31 AM
Logfile: mbamTablesExtensions.txt
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.0.6.1469
Components Version: 1.0.96
Update Package Version: 1.0.1751
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 327079
Time Elapsed: 1 min, 13 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 2
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\Advanced Module_is1, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389763],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, HKCU\SOFTWARE\BROWSERMODULE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389761],1.0.1751

Registry Value: 2
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, HKCU\SOFTWARE\BROWSERMODULE|INSTEVENT, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389761],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\ADVANCED MODULE_IS1|INNO SETUP: APP PATH, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389764],1.0.1751

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 9
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\BROWSERMODULE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389763],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\icon, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FNGMHNNPILHPLAEEDIFHCCCEOMCLGFBG, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\icon, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\OPERA SOFTWARE\OPERA STABLE\EXTENSIONS\EGAFJHHPBIPCMPOIOMEGBCKLJBBBPHOJ, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751

File: 19
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\BROWSERMODULE\UNINS000.DAT, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389763],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\BrowserModule\unins000.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389763],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\MYSETUP.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389737],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FNGMHNNPILHPLAEEDIFHCCCEOMCLGFBG\78.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\icon\icon128.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\icon\icon16.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\icon\icon24.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\icon\icon32.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\js\background.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\index.html, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\{profile}\CHROME\USERCONTENT.CSS, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389741],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\{profile}\EXTENSIONS\669206@extcorp.com.xpi, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389762],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\OPERA SOFTWARE\OPERA STABLE\EXTENSIONS\EGAFJHHPBIPCMPOIOMEGBCKLJBBBPHOJ\1.1_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\icon\icon128.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\icon\icon16.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\icon\icon24.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\icon\icon32.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\js\background.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751
PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\index.html, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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Add an exclusion

Should users wish to keep this program and exclude it from being detected in future scans, they can add the program to the exclusions list. Here’s how to do it.

  • Open Malwarebytes for Windows.
  • Click the Detection History
  • Click the Allow List
  • To add an item to the Allow List, click Add.
  • Select the exclusion type Allow a file or folder and use the Select a folder button to select the main folder for the software that you wish to keep.
  • Repeat this for any secondary files or folder(s) that belong to the software.

If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, also add an exclusion of the type Allow an application to connect to the internet and use the Browse button to select the file you wish to grant access.

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