PUP.Optional.WindowsProtectManager

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:

Remediation

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

Associated threats