How to remove the PUP.Optional.Legacy threat?
Adware is considered an abbreviation for advertising-supported software. The application puts forward ads with the rest of the garbage that clutters any browser in the form of tabs, pop-ups, and toolbars.
It also floods users with ads, taking over the browser and redirecting the user to sites that the user has not chosen to show ads and show random search engine results. PUP.Optional.Legacy threat ultimately slows down the PC, and it is quite hard to remove.
Loading adware often happens without the user understanding what is going on. PUP.Optional.Legacy threat can hide in the EULA of another program, which is quite common. The virus annoys the user by distorting the operation of the program to which PUP.Optional.Legacy threat is hooked. This is why adware is a potentially unwanted program.
What is PUP.Optional.Legacy threat?
PUP.Optional.Legacy threat is an Adware program that is often installed in the user's browser without their knowledge. The virus knows how to change the settings of any browser to show ads and make money for its creators.
|Alternative Name||PUP.Optional.Legacy threat|
|Detection Names||AVG (FileRepMetagen [PUP]), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of Win32/Softcnapp.J potentially unwanted), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic), Malwarebytes (PUP.Optional.Softcnapp)|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased internet browsing speed.|
|Attack Consequences||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
Why should the PUP.Optional.Legacy threat hijacker be removed from my PC?
The PUP.Optional.Legacy threat adware, first of all, enters the computer covertly in order to change the settings of the selected browser. PUP.Optional.Legacy threat redirects the user's search on the Internet to advertisements from its publishers.
Programs like PUP.Optional.Legacy threat get to the PC through installation files from legitimate programs: users go through the program's installation without seeing that additionally unknown software is installed, which is not needed by the legitimate program.
If the PUP.Optional.Legacy threat adware is not removed, then the user's computer is exposed to an enormous risk of infection, which leads to the destruction of many components of the PC system.
How to correctly remove PUP.Optional.Legacy threat from your PC?
You can quickly get rid of the adware virus PUP.Optional.Legacy threat if you use our proven methods:
Method 1: Remove PUP.Optional.Legacy threat from Control Panel
Go to Windows Control Panel
Set View By for small icons. (For Windows XP, you should click Switch to Classic View on the left).
Next, open Programs and Features (Windows XP - open Add or Remove Programs). Now click Installed On to sort all programs by the installation date. Find and remove the PUP.Optional.Legacy threat program. Uninstall also all unknown programs recently installed on your PC.
Method 2: Remove the PUP.Optional.Legacy threat with AVarmor
Use an antimalware program that knows how to detect and then remove malicious software from your PC and internet browsers.
First, download and run AVarmor. Wait for the scan to complete, and then select the items found in the Registry and Web Browsers tabs. Now you can remove all found objects safely.
How to remove PUP.Optional.Legacy threat from the browser?
It is unnecessary to remove PUP.Optional.Legacy threat directly from the browser. Still, it should be done if problems with the browser continue or the user wants to make sure that unwanted plug-ins, extensions, and settings are completely removed.
The first thing to do is reset the current Internet Explorer settings to the default settings, which means that by resetting the browser settings, the user returns the browser to the state that it was in when you first installed Internet Explorer on your computer.
Click the gear icon in the upper right corner to select Internet Options. Click the Advanced tab where you perform a Reset. Check the box for Delete personal settings. Then click on the Reset button. Now close all the Internet Explorer windows and restart the browser.
First, you need to reset the current settings of Firefox to the default settings; that is, by resetting the settings of this browser, the user returns the browser to the state that it was with the very first installation of Firefox on your computer.
In the Firefox menu, choose the Help option. Now select Troubleshooting Information. Click Refresh Firefox and then click Reset Firefox again. After that, close all open Firefox windows, and the browser will restart.
First, you need to reset the current Chrome settings to the default settings. By resetting this browser, the user returns the browser to the state that it was from the very first installation of Chrome on the computer.
Click on the Chrome menu icon to select Settings, where you scroll down to the bottom of the page that appears and click on Show Advanced Settings. Scroll down the page again and click Reset Browser Settings. Press the Reset button again and restart Google Chrome.
Click on the "..." icon in the Edge menu in the upper right corner and select "Extensions." Now look for each recently installed suspicious file, i.e., browser add-ons, to remove them. Next, change the home page settings with the new tabs.
Now click again on the "..." icon to select "Settings." Under "On startup," find the name of the browser hijacker to disable it.
First, make sure that the browser is Safari. Next, click the Safari menu to select Preferences. In the Preferences window, select Extensions, where you should look for recently installed suspicious extensions. Once malicious software are detected, delete them.
Next, in the preferences window, select the General tab to ensure that the home page is set to the desired URL. When the browser hijacker has corrupted the desired URL, then change it to the correct URL.
In the settings window, select the Search tab and make sure that the correct search engine is installed.
What to do if you can't remove PUP.Optional.Legacy threat after all attempts?
You can also use the paid version of AVarmor, which checks the user's computer more thoroughly and is supplemented with new scanning and protection functions. Follow all AVarmor instructions. If it is necessary, restart your computer after the PUP.Optional.Legacy threat scanning and deletion procedure.
Adware vendors know how to adapt their methods to properly bypass the more comprehensive ad-blocking tools that many browser developers have presented
Adware and ads programs are those tools that have anti-removal, security startup/installation blocking features. The PUP.Optional.Legacy threat program does not allow you to take steps to remove adware on its own. The best way to protect against such attacks is to be able to prevent them from appearing.
Use the steps described above to get rid of many adware programs on your PC.