Does Malwarebytes detect lots of infected files with this PUP.Optional.SmartBar.A? Programs often stop responding when trying to delete these files? Is your browser also affected by this virus? Are you constantly getting this Snap.do page on browser? What are the steps to take in order to remove these infections and fix the problems?

PUP.Optional.SmartBar.A – How to Remove?

Is PUP.Optional.SmartBar.A detected by Malwarebytes with hundreds of infected files associating with it? Lately, some computer users are coming across similar situations as their PCs are compromised by this detection from the PUP (potentially unwanted program) group. The PUP.Optional.BabylonToolBar.A is another variant that’s been detected on computers lately as well. Victims of this virus normally have no idea of how they get infected as most of them have Anti-virus protections installed on their machines. Even in this case, this adware can still sneak on to different computers and cause these following up troubles. Computers running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP are the major targets of these PUP infections.

As a matter of fact, this PUP.Optional.SmartBar.A can be put on computers to help distribute other cyber threats including Trojans, browser hijackers and malware. Under some circumstances, victims can also get affected by the Snap.do virus which is categorized as a browser hijacker issue. Soon as the infection installs, it will automatically reset the default structures of the affected systems to assure its steady stay on the machines. This will also include its attempts to disable antivirus programs. When the first steps are done, the virus will start popping some misleading ads or fake security alerts like “Your PC performance is poor. Fix now” to convince PC users that their computers are in potential risks and so as to help prompt some malware or spyware to scam PC users. We shouldn’t believe any of these popups and should watch out for these notices that require you to click “Activate” or “Yes” as these could lead to unauthorized downloads. Basically, the longer you let this PUP.Optional.SmartBar.A virus stays inside the system, the more it can get out of you to help online third-parties benefit. Hence, a timely and complete removal is required.

To save computer from all the potential risks, contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts to get help if you are not computer literate and can’t get out of these popups:

A Screenshot of The Popup “Your PC Performance is Poor” Ad

pup.optional-popup

A Screenshot of The Popup Snap.do Virus

Search.Snap_.do_

A Step-by-Step Trojan Manual Removal Guide

When Malwarebytes detects this infection, it can report hundreds of them after a security scan. And the software can become unresponsive quite often when trying to delete these files. Hence, we believe similar situations can be expected when installing other PC protection tools. In this case, manual removal is considered the most efficient way to help get rid of this infection.

Note: Virus files and associating registry values can be named differently. Hence, to achieve a complete removal of this PUP.Optional.SmartBar.A, expertise will be required during the manual removal process. Steps have been listed in the following to get rid of this Trojan virus:

Step 1: Open Windows Task Manager to end processed related to the virus. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time or right click on bottom Task Bar and select Start Task Manager:

Windows Task Manager

Step 2: Open Control Panel from Start menu. Go to Folder Options and under View tab, select Show hidden files and folders and non-select Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) then click OK to show hidden files:

Folder Options

Step 3: Go to Registry Editor. First press Windows+R keys and then type regedit in Run box to search. Delete registry values associated with this PUP.Optional.SmartBar.A infection:

Run+Registry Editor
%Windows%\system32\[rnd]””
C:\windows\system32\services.exe\rnd
C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_32_microsoft-windows-none_2b54ea0b1\
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunRegedit””\rnd

Video on How to Modify or Change Windows Registry:

Conclusion

This PUP.Optional.SmartBar.A infection can be bundled with unauthorized downloads from the Internet. Sometimes it can even be bundled with update notices like Flash Player which is a legit application. But because it doesn’t show in the download files, we can say that the infection doesn’t need permissions from computer users to get installed. Soon as it arrives, it can bring up so much trouble for PC users during their usages of the computers. To be more specific, browsers can be hijacked and unknown popups like plugins require updates will be displayed to help prompt certain malware to damage the system. Executable programs on the computer may also be affected in a way that they will become unresponsive more often. All in all, by displaying constant popups and misleading info, this PUP.Optional.SmartBar.A virus can help third-parties benefit from users’ privacy issues. For this sake, the infection should be removed ASAP before any potential risks happen on the PC.

Note: Not doing well in removing this PUP infection from the PC? Contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts now for further assistance to achieve a complete removal of all the potential risks on PC with professional helps:

Published by Karen Lawrence & last updated on October 2, 2013 12:43 pm

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