Monday, July 28, 2014

What Is PUP.optional.smartbar? Should I Remove It? Show Me The Way

remove PUP.optional.smartbar


OUTLINE
  • What does PUP.optional.smartbar do?
  • Where does PUP.optional.smartbar come from?
  • Some potential dangers from PUP.optional.smartbar
  • Show the way to help remove PUP.optional.smartbar
  • Other related posts


What PUP.optional.smartbar Does Exactly?


PUP.optional.smartbar is an application to help web applications like pop-ups, toolbar and browser hijacker to stay on a machine without being removed easily so that profitable income will be earned.

Global PC Online Support found that PUP.optional.smartbar, as a PUP, make the most out of JS computing technique by adding modifications so that the regarding module will be thus modified and the script will be hooked. Without vicious attribute code – the one that security utilities depend on to kill vicious items, PUP.optional.smartbar makes “permanent stay” possible without being considered as virus.



How Do I Get PUP.optional.smartbar?


Drive-by download is the major dissemination routine that PUP.optional.smartbar adopts. By promising to download the third-party programs on computers to return the favor of accessing as many more PC users as possible without being noted, PUP.optional.smartbar earn the chance to piggyback on/bundle with programs/web applications. Thus one should be careful when downloading and installing programs.



Attention!


Now that PUP.optional.smartbar is not technically a virus, is it that necessary to remove it? The answer is absolutely YES! As you can see that:
  1. The homepage is replaced by unexpected one.
  2. The search provider is changed without consent.
  3. Pop-up ads increase in frequency to slow down page-loading speed and ruin surfing experience.
  4. The PC performance is somehow impacted badly.

The exact reason to remove PUP.optional.smartbar is the modification it adds to JS technique. With additional items taking up the limited resource and making changes to system configuration, the resource will be taken up unreasonably and the defense system will be weakened. Should virus attack happens, the JS technique will be utilized to record any in-put information. It is a tragedy if you shop online a lot. Bank account and password can be recorded. Therefore, VilmaTech Online Support recommends victims to change the password after removing PUP.optional.smartbar completely, just in case.



Show Me How to Remove PUP.optional.smartbar


A – remove the extensions associated with PUP.optional.smartbar.


Tools menu >“Manage add-ons” >‘Toolbars and Extensions’> check the creation day of extensions there > remove the ones created on or after PUP.optional.smartbar flagged >‘Search Providers’ > remove the ones created on or after PUP.optional.smartbar flagged.


Tools menu >“Options” >‘Add-ons’ > check the creation day of extensions by clicking on “More info” > remove the ones created on or after PUP.optional.smartbar flagged >‘plugins’ > remove the ones created on or after PUP.optional.smartbar flagged.


Spanner icon > Tools > extensions > remove the ones created on or after PUP.optional.smartbar flagged.

 
Menu > Extensions >“Manage Extensions” > remove the ones created on or after PUP.optional.smartbar flagged.



Safari Menu > Preference > Glims/Extension > remove the ones created on or after PUP.optional.smartbar flagged.




B – close out browsers to end the service with “path to executable” directing to PUP.optional.smartbar.







Windows7/vista/XP
Win+R key combination > Run box > type “services.msc” > Enter key > double click on suspicious service > check “path to executable” > end/remove the ones with “path to executable” directing to PUP.optional.smartbar.

Windows 8
Windows Explorer > Administrative Tools > Service icon > double click on suspicious service > check “path to executable” > end/remove the ones with “path to executable” directing to PUP.optional.smartbar.



Mac OS X
Finder menu > Services >“Services Preferences” >“Services” on the left pane > check “path to executable” > end/remove the ones with “path to executable” directing to PUP.optional.smartbar.




C. Show hidden files and folders to remove Temp file and the ones related to PUP.optional.smartbar according to the creation day.





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:\WINDOWS\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 when PUP.optional.smartbar flagged:
C:\Windows
%SystemDriver%\
C:\Program Files\
C:\windows\system32\
C:\users\user\appdata\local\
C:\Users\[your username]\Documents\
c:\users\[username]\appdata\locallow\


Mac OS X
Finder > Utilities folder > Terminal > copy and paste "defaults write com.apple.Finder 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 when PUP.optional.smartbar flagged:
Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ 
Home folder/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ 
Applications
Dock
Display



It is pretty clear that PUP.optional.smartbar will introduce in many more web applications. Only by doing so will it earns more money. It is therefore necessary to remove the dropped down items and associated items after the complete removal of PUP.optional.smartbar so that the PUP will not keep returning back. For the corresponding solution, please navigate to virus reservoir. 
  get expert help in removing PUP.optional.smartbar and its ads


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