Short bio

This detection is for the SlimCleaner Plus software, a potentially unwanted program (PUP) optimization tool that displays suspicious warnings and pop-up alerts to users about their systems being infested with errors that need fixing. These, of course, are all false detections to get users to purchase the paid version of the SlimCleaner Plus software.

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.SlimCleanerPlus can reach user systems via:

  • social media links
  • spammed email



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

block PUP.Optional.SlimCleanerPlus

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.SlimCleanerPlus


Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.SlimCleanerPlus 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.

Take note, however, that removing this ransomware does not decrypt your files. You can only get your files back from backups you made before the infection happened.


Associated files:

  • SlimDrivers_v2.2.45206.63218.exe – SHA256 2AAD06624E9B698EC0DC0276B433C606A4858D6585028CD658AE7C697358FFEC

Associated threats

  • PUP.Optional.DriverUpdate

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