PUP.Optional.Softonic is Malwarebytes’ generic detection name for the Softonic Downloader, an adware-supported bundler targeting Windows systems.
PUP.Optional.Softonic uses manipulative UI options to prompt users to install further adware that is difficult to uninstall. Softonic had previously included a toolbar with their download that required admin privileges, and changed the user’s home page to softonic.com. Some software previously included by Softonic have been considered actively malicious.
Softonic Downloader is found on Softonic affiliated downloads at en.softonic.com.
Malwarebytes protects users from PUP.Optional.Softonic by using real-time protection.
Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.Softonic without further user interaction.
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.
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.