Windows 7/Malware


Hello Power Edge,
I have been using "Malwarebytes" lately due to having had a Trojan horse sent to me. Just now, Malwarebytes found around 100 or more files named: PUP. OptionalMultiE / PUP. Optional ConduitA/ - Optional.Search Protect.A. Could you inform me what these files are and possibly how to prevent them getting into my computer?
Many Thanks, Ken.

hi there

malwarebytes is a great tool, I use it all the time.  a lot of web sites are booby trapped, it depends what type of sites you goto, the only way to avoid is to only goto sites such as bbc news, sky news etc.  you can get a real time shield that will scan web sites content, I have such a shield with Avast free.

Those files you listed look like browser add ons, where get search bars at the top your browser, a real pain, I get these myself when im inpatient and install new software but im such a hurry I don't uncheck the tick boxes to install a load of useless tool bars!

so when you install things, even off well known companies, remember to check every "next" screen for tick boxes.  

Windows 7

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


scott bartholomew


General trouble shooting Hardware issues Networking issues I am not a software developer,but I can do some basic scripting in DOS and BASH.


Worked in IT for over 10 years and currently provide software and hardware support for a very large network of computers, including servers.


©2016 All rights reserved.