PUP.Optional.BrowserModule

Short bio

PUP.Optional.BrowserModule is the detection 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 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.

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.

The Exclusions tab includes a list of items to be excluded from scans. The items may include files, folders, websites, or applications that connect to the Internet, as well as previously detected exploits.

To access the exclusions in Malwarebytes:

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