PUP.Optional.Softonic is Malwarebytes’ generic detection name for the Softonic Downloader, an adware-supported bundler targeting Windows systems.
PUP.Optional.Softonic uses manipulative UI options to prompt users to install further adware that is difficult to uninstall. Softonic had previously included a toolbar with their download that required admin privileges, and changed the user’s home page to softonic.com. Some software previously included by Softonic have been considered actively malicious.
Softonic Downloader is found on Softonic affiliated downloads at en.softonic.com.
Malwarebytes protects users from PUP.Optional.Softonic by using real-time protection.
Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.Softonic 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:
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