PUP.Optional.Somoto is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a potentially unwanted program (PUP), more specifically a browser hijacker.
PUP.Optional.Somoto installs itself as a browser helper object (IE) or browser extension (Chrome, Firefox). Some also categorize PUP.Optional.Somoto as adware. It is difficult to remove as it uses a form of locking mechanism, which prevents itself from being fully uninstalled from an infected system through traditional means.
PUP.Optional.Somoto comes bundled with other programs. It can be downloaded with software hosted on third-party software providers.
Malwarebytes protects users from PUP.Optional.Somoto by using real-time protection.
Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.Somoto 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.