I get a problem on my computer. There is a virus called PUP.Optional.MindSpak.W has been detected by my security tool. But what makes me nervous is that my anti-virus program cannot remove it for me. I don’t have any idea to deal with it as I have little knowledge about the system registry and so on. I don’t want to mess up my personal computer, so can someone provide a safe way for me to remove it? Thanks in advance.

Brief Introduction to This Trojan

PUP.Optional.MindSpak.W can be classified as a Trojan horse infection. And it is also called potentially unwanted program. Usually, this Trojan virus can sneak into target computer via the Internet. After a long time research, we have found that, this kind of infection can come to victims’ computers with other programs. That’s to say, cyber hackers can attack or corrupt other programs which are commonly programs that can be downloaded often by computer users. When people install the corrupted programs to their computers, this Trojan can be installed at the same time. With this malicious Trojan horse virus on computer, the whole system can be messed up and computer user will face a lot of problems during the use.

It can be easy for most security programs to catch this PUP.Optional.MindSpak.W for users as it is a kind of computer infection that covered by the detection ranges. However, against all expectations, we have found that many anti-virus programs cannot able to remove it completely and permanently for PC users. It must be a headache for many users as all they rely on to protect their machines are only the security tools installed on the computers. Nor all users acquire proper computer knowledge to deal with all kinds of computer users. So they will feel hopeless when they find that their anti-virus programs are failed to get rid of this infection. Technically speaking, this infection can be a tricky one as it can disable or even damage the security systems on the infected computers. Under this situation, the infected computers can be totally compromised to computer viruses.

PC users can be redirected to some unsafe websites, as soon as those dangerous pages are opened, other kinds of computer threats can infiltrate the visiting computers via the loopholes.
Also, the homepage of browsers can be changed to some strange web pages which can do harm to the affected machines. The system registry can be damaged by this infection as well. By adding its own data into the registry, this PUP.Optional.MindSpak.W can take effect immediately when the infected computer is on. Users will have bad experiences on using the corrupted computers as many errors and troubles can happen all the time.

Some Traits about This Trojan

-Can slow down the performance of the computer, or even blue screen.
-Can create many junk files which occupy a lot of space in hard drive
-Can download other malicious programs into computer, which make further damage.
-Your sensitive information can be stolen by hacker who can access to your computer with the help of this Trojan.
-Cay give you many redirects all the time no matter what you are doing.
-May pretend as an anti-virus program and cheat you that computer is in dangerous, and ask you to pay to remove the threats.

NOTE: If you find any of these symptoms on your computer, that proves your PC is under attack and seriously infected. If you are not a computer savvy, Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts to remove this PUP.Optional.MindSpak.W for you.

Manual Removal Guide of Trojan (For Computer Literate)

There is a removal guide of Trojan provided here; however, expertise is required during the process of removal, please make sure you are capable to do it by yourself.

Step 1: Find Ctrl, Alt, and Delete these 3 keys and then press them together to open task manager to end the process related to this Trojan, the name of the process of it is random.

XP task manager

Step 2: Try to find Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.


Step 3: Try to find the files which relate to this Trojan, and delete them all.

Step 4: Click on Start button at the right lower corner, then click on Control Panel


Then you will come to the Control Panel windows, click on Add and Remove Programs


Then try to find the program which relates to this Trojan, highlight it and choose Remove, the program’s name is random.


Step 5: Click on Start button or press Win+R, then type regedit in the box to open Registry Editor, after that, try to find
C:\Users\profile name here\AppData\

Similar video guide to modify Windows registry:


PUP.Optional.MindSpak.W is a bad computer virus that must be removed in a quick way. It can hide deeply on the infected system to avoid being removed. It can damage the security tools so that it can make the infected computer out of protection. In this case, it will help many other computer viruses to come and make more troubles. It can be painful to use the infected computer as this Trojan infection can cause many problems.

Suggestion: To follow removal guide that mentioned above, a level of computer knowledge is needed. Still can’t get out of PUP.Optional.MindSpak.W? Contact online experts for help now!

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on March 20, 2015 11:06 pm

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