PUP.Optional.SlimCleanerPlus

Short bio

PUP.Optional.SlimCleanerPlus is Malwarebytes’ detection name for the SlimCleaner Plus software, a potentially unwanted program (PUP) optimization tool that displays suspicious warnings and pop-up alerts to users about their systems being infested with errors that need fixing. These, of course, are all false detections to get users to purchase the paid version of the SlimCleaner Plus software.

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.SlimCleanerPlus can reach user systems via:

  • social media links
  • spammed email

 

Protection

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

block PUP.Optional.SlimCleanerPlus

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.SlimCleanerPlus

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.SlimCleanerPlus without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

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.

  • Open Malwarebytes for Windows.
  • Click the Detection History
  • Click the Allow List
  • To add an item to the Allow List, click Add.
  • Select the exclusion type Allow a file or folder and use the Select a folder button to select the main folder for the software that you wish to keep.
  • Repeat this for any secondary files or folder(s) that belong to the software.

If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, also add an exclusion of the type Allow an application to connect to the internet and use the Browse button to select the file you wish to grant access.

Traces/IOCs

Associated files:

  • SlimDrivers_v2.2.45206.63218.exe – SHA256 2AAD06624E9B698EC0DC0276B433C606A4858D6585028CD658AE7C697358FFEC

Associated threats

  • PUP.Optional.DriverUpdate

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