If your security software is indicating a PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A infection in your computer, this means that a PUP, or Potentially Unwanted Program, has been detected on your computer. There are several types of PUPs, all characterized by the fact that they are not outright malicious but may cause various problematic symptoms on the infected computer. PUPs may include adware infections, suspicious browser extensions, low quality toolbars, browser hijackers and a variety of other problematic programs. If your security software indicates a PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A infection in your computer, it is important to take action immediately. While not malicious, PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A infections may expose your computer to more dangerous malware or to scams that can compromise your privacy and computer's security.
The Harmful Actions Performed by PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A
Technically, PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A is not malicious. However, PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A will usually contain characteristics that are more commonly associated with malware. For example, PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A may cause browser redirects, prevent its own removal, block other programs or carry out a variety of other harmful tasks in the infected computer. Most PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A infections are used to generate advertising revenue, forcing computer users to visit websites containing advertisements and affiliate marketing links. This is often done by causing browser redirects, changing the victim's homepage and default websites, or forcing the infected Web browser to display pop-up advertisements. Dealing with a PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A infeciton usually requires uninstalling any browser extensions or other suspicious software installed recently. Once this has been done, ESG malware researchers recommend the use of a reliable anti-malware application to ensure that no malware has been acquired as a consequence of the PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A infection.
How PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A Infections Are Acquired
PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A infections are often bundled along with freeware programs from dubious sources. In many cases, these are legitimate applications that have been bundled with a PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A infection by a third party and distributed through low quality download sites. In many cases, it is possible to avoid installing these types of programs, but it usually requires opting out of this option during the installation process. One good way of preventing this from happening is by using custom installation when installing new software. This allows computer users to detect all components that are being installed and to ensure that a PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A infection is not included in the installation process. ESG malware analysts also strongly recommend installing all software carefully, following every step of the process carefully to prevent PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A infections.
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- Use an alternative browser. Malware may disable your browser. If you're using IE, for example, and having problems downloading SpyHunter, you should open Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser instead.
- Use a removable media. Download SpyHunter on another clean computer, burn it to a USB flash drive, DVD/CD, or any preferred removable media, then install it on your infected computer and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
- Start Windows in Safe Mode. If you can not access your Window's desktop, reboot your computer in 'Safe Mode with Networking' and install SpyHunter in Safe Mode.
- IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.
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