Short bio

PUP.Optional.FindingDiscount is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a potentially unwanted program (PUP), specifically a browser hijacker. Some vendors categorize it as adware. PUP.Optional.FindingDiscount targets Windows systems.

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.FindingDiscount is advertised as a helpful program that displays coupons for sites that users are visiting. It also displays ads that lead to the installation of more questionable programs. PUP.Optional.FindingDiscount comes bundled with other programs. It can be downloaded with software hosted on third-party software providers.


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

block PUP.Optional.FindingDiscount

Malwarebytes blocks the bundlers that include PUP.Optional.FindingDiscount



Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.FindingDiscount 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.

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.

Malwarebytes removal log

A Malwarebytes log of removal will look similar to this:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Scan Date: 2/13/2015
Scan Time: 2:43:58 PM
Logfile: mbamPriceFindings.txt
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2015.02.13.04
Rootkit Database: v2015.02.03.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 8.1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {username}

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 330755
Time Elapsed: 27 min, 18 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 2
PUP.Optional.FindingDiscount.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Discount\FindingDiscount\findingdiscount.exe, 720, Delete-on-Reboot, [ef096ab38208b383970c6c28cc37a759]
PUP.Optional.RuntimeManager.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows NT\Accessories\RuntimeManager\runtimemanager.exe, 4816, Delete-on-Reboot, [8c6c7da0573368ceebba2e66f50e6f91]

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 2
PUP.Optional.FindingDiscount.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\FindingDiscount, Quarantined, [ef096ab38208b383970c6c28cc37a759], 
PUP.Optional.RuntimeManager.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\RuntimeManager, Quarantined, [8c6c7da0573368ceebba2e66f50e6f91], 

Registry Values: 1
PUP.Optional.RuntimeManager.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\RUNTIMEMANAGER|ImagePath, C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows NT\Accessories\RuntimeManager\runtimemanager.exe -service, Quarantined, [8c6c7da0573368ceebba2e66f50e6f91]

Folders: 3
PUP.Optional.FindingDiscount.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Discount, Delete-on-Reboot, [0bed61bc7317152156f8265f60a335cb], 
PUP.Optional.FindingDiscount.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Discount\FindingDiscount, Delete-on-Reboot, [0bed61bc7317152156f8265f60a335cb], 
PUP.Optional.RuntimeManager.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows NT\Accessories\RuntimeManager, Delete-on-Reboot, [7f795bc21872ba7c0153790cdc27d52b], 

Files: 3
PUP.Optional.OpenSoftwareUpdater, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\gpsetup2.exe, Quarantined, [ab4d120bc4c6cc6a111e41a3c53cf30d], 
PUP.Optional.FindingDiscount.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Discount\FindingDiscount\findingdiscount.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [ef096ab38208b383970c6c28cc37a759], 
PUP.Optional.RuntimeManager.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows NT\Accessories\RuntimeManager\runtimemanager.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [8c6c7da0573368ceebba2e66f50e6f91], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)



You may see these entries in FRST logs:

ProxyEnable: [.DEFAULT] => Internet Explorer proxy is enabled.
ProxyServer: [.DEFAULT] => http=
ProxyEnable: [HKCU] => Internet Explorer proxy is enabled.
ProxyServer: [HKCU] => http=
R2 FindingDiscount; C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Discount\FindingDiscount\FindingDiscount.exe [345088 2015-02-05] () [File not signed]
R2 RuntimeManager; C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows NT\Accessories\RuntimeManager\runtimemanager.exe [214016 2015-02-05] () [File not signed]

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