What is an PUP.Optional.InstallCore? What is a pup in malware?

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    PUP.Optional.InstallCore is deemed as potentially unwanted program that performs malicious actions once installed on the computer. This detection by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program is given to specific software that user may optionally install together with third-party application. However, due to lack of notification during the install process, PUP.Optional.InstallCore often gets into the PC without user's knowledge.

    Common infection methods

    InstallCore comes bundled together with third-party applications. The bundle installer is usually downloaded and executed by the users themselves, often unaware. They are offered up on software download sites, where people look for software they need.

    Is PUP.Optional.InstallCore virus a serious threat?

    If you have noticed the surplus of ads covering your screen following you in every website, then you can suspect that PUP.Optional.InstallCore virus has settled on the computer. This particular unwanted program is regarded as adware due to its behavior to display irritating ads. Because of those pop-ups, your operating system finds it difficult to maintain high-speed processes. As a result, it becomes slower. Moreover, the adware tends to modify search results. Consequently, you do not see the same search targets as provided by Google or Bing. Do not waste time and start PUP.Optional.InstallCore removal immediately. You can useReimagefor that purpose.

    As the title itself suggests, this adware is a potentially unwanted program. Moreover, it is related withInstallCoreadware, so you should be cautious that the latter might try to invade the PC as well. Speaking of PUP.Optional.InstallCore redirect tendency, you might struggle to reach the wanted websites, or more specifically, from the first attempt. Before you succeed in entering the website of your interest, you have to ward off the emerging gaming or advertising redirect links. Moreover, exiting them in time might become crucially important regarding the security of the operating system. In other words, the redirect links might harbor treacherous malware which lurks awaiting for curious users to hijack their computers. That is why you should remove PUP.Optional.InstallCore before it roots deeper into the system.

    Since this PUP is an adware-type program, your patience might be tested. PUP.Optional.InstallCore ads appear in every visited website. Moreover, they also appear quite often and tend to cover your screen. If you are in a hurry and want to find the piece of information quickly, you might get infuriated since the emerging pop-ups significantly occupy your browser. As a result, buffering any website takes considerably more time. You should also be aware that the program might install additional irrelevant toolbars, other adware, and inject plug-ins. Though the majority of them is quite harmless, some of the installed programs might contain malicious files. They may act as mediators for more aggressive malware to invade your computer. That is why you should read the following passage to know how to prevent PUP.Optional.InstallCore hijack in the future.

    How To Get Rid Of PUP.Optional.InstallCore

    If you are Windows 8 users:
    • Move your mouse to the bottom-right corner of the desktop, you will be able to activate the Win8 side menu
    • Click on Settings, select Control Panel, click Uninstall PUP.Optional.InstallCore program
    • Find out and highlight PUP.Optional.InstallCore on the list of installed programs
    • Click on Uninstallon the top, and you will start the default uninstall process
    • Following the removing instruction to finish the removal
    • Restart the computer after the removal
    If you are Windows 7 users:
    • Click on Windows buttonat the bottom-left corner of the desktop
    • Select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall PUP.Optional.InstallCore program
    • Find and locate PUP.Optional.InstallCore on the list of installed programs
    • Right click on the program and select Uninstall
    • Complete the removal with the instructions
    • Reboot the computer system
    PUP.Optional.InstallCore Removal - Method Two
    1. When you had some software installed on your system, a shortcut of the application would probably be created on desktop.
    2. Right click on the shortcut, then choose Properties, go on click Shortcut tab on the Properties box, click on the Find Target...to directly go to the installation folder of PUP.Optional.InstallCore.
    3. Then you'll see the data of the app that you're going to remove, like some DLL / EXE file type and more. The default installation path of the program is usually in C:\Program Files\. You might need to manually remove its related files in the direction later.
    4. In most cases, there would be an file called uninstsll.exe, which is used to launch the uninstallation of the program.
    5. Click on the uninstallation file and follow the uninstall wizards to remove it. Save your data and restart your computer.

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