PUP.Optional.Downloader is Malwarebytes’ generic detection name for files that download and install potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).
PUP.Optional.Downloader are usually small files that are offered on software download sites. When run, PUP.Optional.Downloader contacts the official download site and installs the potentially unwanted program. You will also find PUP.Optional.Downloader combined in bundlers.
Malwarebytes protects users from PUP.Optional.Downloader by using real-time protection.
Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.Downloader without further user interaction. If one of these bundlers has been detected on a system it is advisable to run a full system scan.
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.
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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