Short bio

PUP.Optional.SearchProtect is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that performs malicious actions once installed. It installs together with third-party applications. However, due to lack of notification during the install process, PUP.Optional.SearchProtect. often gets into the PC without users’ knowledge.

Pup.Optional.SearchProtect is usually bundled with freeware or shareware applications.

There are also instances that malware is being used to deploy PUP.Optional.SearchProtect. In this case, the threat can be acquired when visiting malicious web pages, downloading compromised files, or using file-sharing apps. Links from spam emails and social media sites are used to spread PUP.Optional.SearchProtect.


Common infection method

PUP.Optional.SearchProtect comes bundled together with third-party applications. The bundle installer is usually downloaded and executed by the users themselves. They are offered up on software download sites, where people look for software they need, often unaware of what they are getting into.

Avoidance advice:


Learn how to remove this PUP by reading the PUP.Optional.SearchProtect Removal Guide on our forums.

Associated threats

  • PUP.Optional.SearchProtect.A
  • PUP.Optional.SearchProtect.AppFish

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