PUP.Optional.BrowserModule

Short bio

PUP.Optional.BrowserModule is Malwarebytes' detection name for a family of potentially unwanted browser hijackersthat use extensions for browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer to show advertisements.

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.BrowserModule comes bundledwith other software and uses browser extensions to show advertisements.

Protection

block PUP.Optional.BrowserModule

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.BrowserModule

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.BrowserModule without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytesto your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exeand follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windowsinstallation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantineto remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.
If you are using Opera, you may have to remove the Extension manually under Opera > Extensions. First, disable the extension and then click the x behind Tables and click OK in the prompt to confirm.

Malwarebytes removal log

A Malwarebytes log of removal will look similar to this:

Malwarebyteswww.malwarebytes.com-Log Details-Scan Date: 4/18/17Scan Time: 9:31 AMLogfile: mbamTablesExtensions.txtAdministrator: Yes-Software Information-Version: 3.0.6.1469Components Version: 1.0.96Update Package Version: 1.0.1751License: Premium-System Information-OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1CPU: x64File System: NTFSUser:{computername}\{username}-Scan Summary-Scan Type: Threat ScanResult: CompletedObjects Scanned: 327079Time Elapsed: 1 min, 13 sec-Scan Options-Memory: EnabledStartup: EnabledFilesystem: EnabledArchives: EnabledRootkits: DisabledHeuristics: EnabledPUP: EnabledPUM: Enabled-Scan Details-Process: 0(No malicious items detected)Module: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Key: 2PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\Advanced Module_is1, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389763],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, HKCU\SOFTWARE\BROWSERMODULE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389761],1.0.1751Registry Value: 2PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, HKCU\SOFTWARE\BROWSERMODULE|INSTEVENT, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389761],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\ADVANCED MODULE_IS1|INNO SETUP: APP PATH, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389764],1.0.1751Registry Data: 0(No malicious items detected)Data Stream: 0(No malicious items detected)Folder: 9PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\BROWSERMODULE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389763],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\icon, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FNGMHNNPILHPLAEEDIFHCCCEOMCLGFBG, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\icon, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\OPERA SOFTWARE\OPERA STABLE\EXTENSIONS\EGAFJHHPBIPCMPOIOMEGBCKLJBBBPHOJ, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751File: 19PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\BROWSERMODULE\UNINS000.DAT, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389763],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\BrowserModule\unins000.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389763],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\MYSETUP.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389737],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FNGMHNNPILHPLAEEDIFHCCCEOMCLGFBG\78.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\icon\icon128.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\icon\icon16.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\icon\icon24.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\icon\icon32.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\js\background.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg\78.0_0\index.html, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389742],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\{profile}\CHROME\USERCONTENT.CSS, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389741],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\{profile}\EXTENSIONS\669206@extcorp.com.xpi, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389762],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\OPERA SOFTWARE\OPERA STABLE\EXTENSIONS\EGAFJHHPBIPCMPOIOMEGBCKLJBBBPHOJ\1.1_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\icon\icon128.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\icon\icon16.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\icon\icon24.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\icon\icon32.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\js\background.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751PUP.Optional.BrowserModule, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Extensions\egafjhhpbipcmpoiomegbckljbbbphoj\1.1_0\index.html, Delete-on-Reboot, [2207], [389743],1.0.1751Physical Sector: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)

Add an exclusion

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.

  • Open Malwarebytes for Windows.
  • Click the Detection History
  • Click the Allow List
  • To add an item to the Allow List, click Add.
  • Select the exclusion type Allow a file or folderand use the Select a folderbutton to select the main folder for the software that you wish to keep.
  • Repeat this for any secondary files or folder(s) that belong to the software.
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 theBrowse button to select the file you wish to grant access.

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