PUP.Optional.Mindspark is a large family of browser hijackers that affect major internet browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer/Edge.
PUP.Optional.Mindspark is usually installed by the users themselves, who may be prompted by exaggerated promises of functionality. It provides toolbars and MyWay start pages claiming to offer sweepstakes, app emoticons, and helpful tools for user hobbies and interests.
Malwarebytes protects users from PUP.Optional.Mindspark by using real-time protection.
Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.Mindspark without further user interaction.
We advise users who had their browsers hijacked to visit our Restore Browser page.
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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