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I recently had a severe infection of PUPs. I see that Malwarebyte is increasing the threat level posed by PUPs. Good!

However, I had over 1000 of them in my infection and had to check the box in all of them to get them removed.  Any change in the program for providing a default check in the check box so they can all be removed without a lot of manual work?


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Hello and welcome, lfblodgett:


EDIT: OOPS! Sorry about that, AdvancedSetup. You posted while I was typing. ;)
Yes, MBAM has taken a more aggressive stance towards PUPs: Malwarebytes Adopts Aggressive PUP Policy

This KB topic explains what they are, AND how to decide whether to delete them or keep/ignore them: What are the 'PUP' detections, are they threats and should they be deleted?

To summarize a bit: The default action for PUP detections is 'Show in results list and do not check for removal."
There are 2 ways to quickly remove remove all of the PUPs detected on a scan.

If you want Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to remove these PUP detections reported after a scan, each item must be checked.

  • To do so quickly, you can highlight one of the detections by left clicking on it.
  • Then, right click on the highlighted detection, and select 'Check All Items'.
  • Next, click 'Remove Selected'. That should address the PUP entries.
  • Another method, which will also edit the way PUP detections are reported in future scans:
  • Open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and click on the Settings tab.
  • Click on the Scanner Settings sub-tab.
  • Click on the drop down menu next to "Action for potentially unwanted programs (PUP)" and select "Show in results list and check for removal".
  • Once that is completed, click on the Scanner tab and select Perform Quick scan and click on the Scan button.
  • Once the scan completes, click on Remove Selected and click Yes, if prompted to restart your system to complete the removal process.


(If you want to keep/ignore the PUP detections, because they are familiar to you and you use them, you can add them to the Ignore List.)


Hope this helps,



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