Wednesday, June 25, 2014

PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A, Information about PUP and The Way to Remove It

get rid of PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A

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  • What does pup.optional.PicEnhance.A do and what for?
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Brief Introduction

PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A is a newly released PUP and it is specifically detected by Malwarebyte in the middle of the surfing online or the installation of certain extensions. One case was reported that "pup.optional.PicEnhance.A" was part of an HDR or other photo editing extension. Yet it does not help with anything but standing in the way as installed anti-virus program won't allow any update to its database until something corrections/rectifications are made.

What PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A Does and for What?

PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A is not technically a virus, it is flagged as it is categorized as PUP that could be annoying by popping up ads or helping with permanent stay for certain program. By doing so, the PUP is capable of generating PPC revenue or getting profitable commission for its creator. This is how this freeware gets fund for operation and get extra income.

Attention Should Be Paid to PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A

As a freeware, PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A has to bundle with other applications for propagation. In return, it would drop down additional items on a target machine. Thus it can be foreseeable that more unexpected items will be installed without knowledge to take up limited internal resource and little will be left to ensure full play by the critical parts in a machine. What’s worse, with more and random items installed on a single machine, the probability of encountering incompatibility soars high to contribute to instability.

When PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A is utilized to help with permanent stay for certain program, some parts of the system configuration are modified, which impact the compactness badly. Once loophole is formed thereafter, the target machine will be susceptible to infections in the wild.

When PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A is used in popping up ads, which would keep explorer.exe and dllhost.exe busy so that some vicious item can get through threshold and start the penetration should there be any.

Learn the Way to Get Rid of PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A

A. Reset browsers.

Internet Explorer: Tools menu > Internet Options > Advanced tab > Restore Defaults button > OK.

Mozilla Firefox: Firefox button > Help > Troubleshooting information > ‘Reset Firefox’ button.

Google Chrome:‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ menu > ‘Options’ > ‘Under the Hood’ > ‘Reset to Defaults’ button.

Opera: Show hidden files and folders (see Step C) > navigate to "C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\" > remove Operapref.ini.

Safari: Safari menu > ‘Reset Safari’ > tick all given options > ‘Reset’ button.

B. Access Task Manager to remove the items with the path directing to PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A.

Ctrl+Alt+Del/Ctrl+Shift+Esc > access Task Manager > View > select columns > tick "PID" and "Path name" > go to open up System Information > end the process with path name directing to PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A's path or the path that doesn't belong to system.
select Colunms to tick PID and Path Name to find out the services and processes related to

Mac OS X
Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor > click open the suspected processes > "Open ports and files" > end the process with path name directing to PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A's path.
search for and open up Activity Monitor on Mac to stop the ads by PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A from popping up

C. Show hidden files and folders.

Windows 7/XP/Vista
‘Control Panel’ > 'user accounts and family safety' > 'Folder Options’ > View tab > tick ‘Show hidden files and folders' and non-tick 'Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’ > ‘OK’.

Windows 8
Start screen > Windows Explorer > View tab > tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options > OK button.

a.when done, remove the given items:
C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Local\Temp\
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet File

b. navigate to the following directories and remove the items generated on and after the date on and after PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A was firstly detected:
C:\Program Files\
C:\Users\[your username]\Documents\

Mac OS X
Finder > Utilities folder > Terminal > copy and paste "defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES" > return key > copy and paste the "killall Finder" > return key.

a. remove temp files and folders:

Finder > Utilities folder > terminal:
  1. type
    cd ~/Library/Logs
    sudo rm -rf ~/Library/Logs/*
    and press Return button.

  2. type
    rm -rf ~/Library/Safari/Downloads.plist
    cd ~/Library/Caches
    sudo rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/*
    and press Return button.

b. access the following locations to remove the items generated on and after the date on and after PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A was firstly detected:
Library/Internet Plug-Ins/
Home folder/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/

It is not a surprise that PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A introduces in additional items if one reads the preceding paragraphs carefully. Complete removal is highly recommended and required to be done so that PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A won’t come back easily until carelessness is made online the next time. To get the corresponding solution for/explicit information about the extra items, please navigate to virus reservoir.
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