PUP.Optional.Winsock is Malwarebytes’ detection name for potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that intercept network traffic from its victims’ applications, making it possible to redirect browsers to potentially malicious websites, insert advertisements into the victim’s browsing experience, and even collect/intercept personal information.
It refers to a specific DLL which performs the interception, which means it can show up alongside numerous PUP detections.
Malwarebytes protects users from PUP.Optional.Winsock by using real-time protection.
Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.Winsock 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.