PUP.Optional.Mindspark

Short bio

PUP.Optional.Mindspark is a large family of browser hijackers that affect major internet browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer/Edge.

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.Mindspark is a big part of IAC/InterActiveCorp, a media and internet company that creates revenue with advertising. Its EULA and Privacy Policy vary from software to software. They always clearly state their intentions however.

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.

Protection

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

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Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.Mindspark

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.Mindspark 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.

We advise users who had their browsers hijacked to visit our Restore Browser page.

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:

  • Click on the Settings tab in the left pane.
  • Click on the Exclusions tab.
  • Click the Add Exclusion button.
  • Select the exclusion type Exclude a File or Folder and use the Browse button to select the main folder for the software that you wish to keep.
  • Repeat this for any secondary folder(s) that belong to the software.
  • If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, add an exclusion of the type Exclude an application that Connects to the Internet and use the Browse button to select the file you wish to grant access.

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