PUP.Optional.InstallCore

Short bio

PUP.Optional.InstallCore is the detection for a large family of bundlers that are known to install adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) with legitimate applications on Mac  and Windows systems.

Type and source of infection

The company behind PUP.Optional.InstallCore is ironSource, a company that builds monetization, engagement, analytics, and discovery tools for app developers, device manufacturers, mobile carriers, and advertisers. PUP.Optional.InstallCore 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 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”.

Protection

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

block PUP.Optional.InstallCore

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.InstallCore

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.InstallCore 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.

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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