Short bio

Adware.SpecialSearchOption is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a family of adware that is usually installed by bundlers.

Type and source of infection

Adware.SpecialSearchOption is adware. Adware, or advertising-supported software, is software that displays unwanted advertising on your computer device.
Adware.SpecialSearchOption is usually installed by bundlers. Bundlers bank on the names of popular programs users generally want to install onto their systems, and those who aren’t familiar with bundlers may welcome the additional free programs. Unfortunately, a majority of these are categorized as unwanted software, such as adware and browser toolbars.


Malwarebytes protects users from Adware.SpecialSearchOption by using real-time protection.

block Adware.SpecialSearchOption

Malwarebytes blocks Adware.SpecialSearchOption


Malwarebytes can detect and remove Adware.SpecialSearchOption without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Associated threats


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