PUP.(Optional) is a category of Malwarebytes detections that applies to potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). To learn more about PUPs, read our related blog content.
Detections categorized as PUPs are not considered as malicious as other forms of malware, and may even be regarded by some as useful. Malwarebytes detects potentially unwanted programs for several reasons, including:
They may have been installed without the user’s consent.
They may be supported by aggressive advertisements.
They may be bundlers or part of a bundle.
They may be misleading or offer a false sense of security.
Malwarebytes protects users from PUPs by using real-time protection.
Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUPs 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.
The Exclusions tab includes a list of items to be excluded from scans. The items may include files, folders, websites, or applications that connect to the Internet, as well as previously detected exploits.
To access the exclusions in Malwarebytes:
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