PUP.

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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.

Type and source of infection

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.

Protection

Malwarebytes protects users from PUP. and PUP.Optional detections by using real-time protection.

Add an exclusion

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:

  • Click on the Settings tab in the left pane.
  • Click on the Exclusions tab.
  • Click the Add Exclusion button.
  • Select the exclusion type Exclude a File or Folder and use the Browse button to select the main folder for the software that you wish to keep.
  • Repeat this for any secondary folder(s) that belong to the software.
  • If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, add an exclusion of the type Exclude an application that Connects to the Internet and use the Browse button to select the file you wish to grant access.

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