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What are the 'PUP' detections, are they threats and should they be deleted?

posted this on March 28, 2013 03:06 PM

PUP detections are Potentially Unwanted Programs. These are programs our researchers have found are sometimes added to a system without the user's knowledge or approval.

The default action for PUP detections is 'Show in results list and do not check for removal."

If you want Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to remove PUP detections, each item must be checked. To do so quickly, you can highlight one of the detections by left clicking on it. Then, right click on the highlighted detection, and select 'Check all items'. Next, click Remove Selected.

That should address the PUP entries.


If on the other hand the PUP detections do appear familiar to you and you use them, you can add them to the Ignore List.


User can edit the way each is reported in the scan results as described below:

Open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, click the 'Settings' tab.

Click the 'Scanner Settings' tab

Click the menu bar for each and select one of the following options:

Do not show results in list

Show in results list and check for removal

Show in results list and do not check for removal


When done, click the 'Exit' button

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