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PUP.Optional.Elex is a generic detection for a Chinese family of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) for Windows systems.


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

block PUP.Optional.Elex

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.Elex


Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.Elex 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.

In the Malwarebytes Settings menu, enable Scan for rootkits to see if any other members of this family are present and need to be removed.

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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