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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What is PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A and how to remove it?

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Some Common Questions about PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A

If you want to know a little more about PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A then read on as this article attempts to answer some of those tricky questions you might have.

How do I know if a program on my computer is a Potentially Unwanted Program?

If you've logged on to your computer only to find that you have a new tool bar or your browser keeps trying to redirect you to websites that you don't want to go to, the chances are you have been infected with a Potentially Unwanted Program.

How can I remove the PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A?

The good news is that unlike some harsher strains of malware, PUPs like PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A are actually fairly simple to remove and you can do this quickly and easily in Window's Control Panel by choosing the Programs > Uninstall Programs option. Look for any programs you don't recognize and uninstall them if you do not want them.

How do I remove a Potentially Unwanted Program that keeps coming back?

Dealing with the PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A that refuses to leave you alone can be tricky. You might wind up needing professional help but there are a couple of things you can do even if you're not technically minded. The first and easiest thing to try is to restart your PC in Safe Mode and then run your anti-malware software. To start Safe Mode, press the F8 key when Windows starts – as soon as you hear your computer beep when you reboot it. If you detect a virus when in Safe Mode simply remove it like a normal virus before restarting your computer.

After that, run your anti-malware scan again in normal mode. If the infection was picked up on and deleted it should show as clean. However if the PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A still returns this could mean that it's accompanied by an undetected root kit or infected system file. Under these circumstances it is recommended that you seek professional advice – perhaps a local PC store, a trusted computer tech forum or other online expert.

How can I fully protect myself from PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A and other forms of malware?

There are a number of measures you can take to protect yourself from PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A, as well as from other forms of malware and viruses. The most important is having an up to date anti-malware program installed on your machine and running it regularly. You should also make sure that all software you have installed on your device is current with the latest patches as these will help stop malware and PUPs slipping through security loopholes. Crucially, protect yourself by never opening files or attachments or clicking on links from unknown and therefore, untrustworthy, sources.

So, in short, the message is clear – be vigilant when you're online and only download programs if you trust them and you trust the site that you are downloading from. PUPs may sound cute but cluttering up your computer with Potentially Unwanted Programs is not!

If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

PUP.Optional.FrostwireTB.A Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. As this infection is known to be installed by vulnerabilities in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use an automatic software update tool to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer.

3. Remove potentially unwanted extensions from your web browser.

Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon and remove the extensions that might be causing pop ups. Basically, remove all extensions that you didn't install. It's perfectly OK to remove all extensions since by default Google Chrome comes without any extensions.

Mozilla Firefox:
1. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Remove all extensions that you didn't install. Please note, by default Firefox comes without any extensions.

Internet Explorer:
1. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Remove all add-ons that you didn't install or you believe may cause those annoying pop-ups to show up.

4. Download CCleaner and tidy up your computer, remove temp files, etc.