Short bio

PUP.Optional.WindowsProtectManager is the detection name for WindowsProtectManager, a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) promoted as a web browser extension.

WindowsProtectManager hijacks a browser’s home page, redirects web traffic to unwanted sites, and displays excessive amounts of pop-up ads.

Common infection method

PUP.Optional.WindowsProtectManager is often bundled with freeware and shareware.

Avoidance advice:

  • To avoid installation, we suggest being more attentive while installing freeware and shareware programs.
  • Choose the custom option when installing so you can see and uncheck any unwanted programs from being installed.
  • Update your OS and active applications.
  • Run Malwarebytes products.
  • Read up on how to avoid potentially unwanted programs.


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware completely removes this threat. No further clean up is required.

Associated threats

  • Optional.WindowsProtectManager.A
  • Optional.WPM

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