PUP.Optional.InstallCore.Generic is Malwarebytes’ detection name for the generic detection of a large family of bundlers that are known to install adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) along with legitimate applications on Mac and Windows systems.
The company behind InstallCore bundlers is ironSource, a company that builds monetization, engagement, analytics, and discovery tools for app developers, device manufacturers, mobile carriers, and advertisers. PUP.Optional.InstallCore.Generic is available for Windows and Mac systems. The main goal is to get paid by the adware distributors for each successful install and for any shown advertisements.
PUP.Optional.InstallCore.Generic comes bundled together with third-party applications. The bundle installer is usually downloaded and executed by the users themselves, often unaware. They are offered up on software download sites, where people look for software they need. They are also offered by ad-rotators as “Java updates”.
Malwarebytes protects users from PUP.Optional.InstallCore.Generic by using real-time protection.
Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.InstallCore.Generic without further user interaction.
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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