PUP.Optional.SearchFF is Malwarebytes’ generic detection name for search hijackers targeting the Firefox browser.
Users may notice that their searches are redirected or that promoted search results get added to the regular results. These add-ons are normally blocked pretty quickly by Mozilla after they surface, but unfortunately they always manage to infect some systems.
PUP.Optional.SearchFF are Firefox add-ons that where found to override search behavior without user consent or control.
PUP.Optional.SearchFF add-ons are usually promoted by ad-rotators as search enhancers for certain popular content like movies, music, and games. Other promise to keep your searches private.
PUP.Optional.SearchFF is a removal detection name. But we do protect our users by blocking the ad-rotators that promote them.
Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.SearchFF 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:
Often these Firefox add-ons will have associated Chrome extensions, but these are detected by less generic detection names.