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Short bio

PUP.Optional.Slimware is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a group of utilities publised by SlimWare Utilities, Inc. which are system optimizers for Windows systems.


Users my see program windows which look similar to this one:

GUI Slimware DriverUpdate

Type and source of infection

System optimizers and driver updaters depend on social engineering. The makes of these PUPs try to convince users their systems have problems, and their software is the solution for these problems. PUP.Optional.Slimware is usually installed by the users themselves, who may be prompted by heavy online advertising.


block PUP.Optional.Slimware

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.Slimware


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

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation 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 Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

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 folder and use the Select a folder button 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 the Browse button to select the file you wish to grant access.

Associated threats