PUP.Optional.WinBing is Malwarebytes’ generic detection name for applications that may modify browser and system settings to direct search engine lookups through 3rd party search tools. PUP.Optional.WinBing may also change predefined search pages to use affiliate models which may direct search revenue to the software creator.
PUP.Optional.WinBing may run as a start-up entry and may be visible as running processes on compromised machines. Alternatively, the software may be configured in a manner which prevents visible processes and start-up entries. PUP.Optional.WinBing may alter browser settings and may prevent removal or changing of search providers.
PUP.Optional.WinBing may be distributed using various methods. This software may be packaged with free online software and distributed as a payload within a download manager, or could be disguised as a harmless program and distributed by email.
PUP.Optional.WinBing is a “protection only” detection, Malwarebytes does not offer protection against this PUP.
Malwarebytes can detect and remove many PUP.Optional.WinBing infections 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.
If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, also add an exclusion of the type Allow an application to connect to the internet and use the Browse button to select the file you wish to grant access.
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