Whenever using a device to connect to the Internet, you’ll always be at risk for a potential virus, malware, or any other unwanted files creeping up on you. This is the nature of the Internet. Some of these files are designed to annoy you and do nothing more than slow down the computer. Other files are designed to steal your personal information. Regardless of the file, you need to do your best to protect your system and to remove anything that may cause a threat to your personal data security. This includes a pup virus. Should a pup virus end up on your computer, you need to remove it as quickly as possible.
What Is Pup Virus?
A PUP virus is better known as a Potentially Unwanted Program. In other words, it is when malware installs itself onto your computer in the form of a program. The program which might be installed onto your computer a few bits at a time, will then pop up and cause all kinds of problems on your computer system.
A pup virus might end up being nothing more than something to annoy you. The window pops up in the middle of a task, while playing a game, or when surfing the Internet. At first it might seem like it is part of another program, or an Internet pop-up. However, as it continues to occur and slow down your computer, it will become more and more apparent this is a real pup virus and needs to be removed from your computer system.
A pup virus can come onto your computer in two different ways. First, it is downloaded and installed completely. The other occurs when the files are streamed to your computer one file, or even one partial file at a time. This makes it easier for the files to bypass your anti-virus software and, before you know it, install itself. However the virus ended up on your computer system you need to do what you can and remove it right away.
The sooner you rid your computer of a pup virus the faster you can restore functionality, speed the computer back up, and prevent any possible data theft.
How Pups Can Get on Your Computer
Pup viruses can enter your system in several ways. If malware has identified a vulnerability in your computer’s firewall, it is easy for it to send bits of files through untraced. The files will then slowly build up to the full program behind the firewall. Due to this, it is important for you to stay on top of your computer’s firewall and update it whenever there is an available download offered through your anti-virus software and the operating system.
The most common ways pup viruses end up on your computer is through a direct download. This happens in two ways. First, you receive an email with a download link. It might be disguised as something else or appear to come from a reputable email source. Wherever it comes from, you click on the link and it downloads the software directly to your computer. By the time you realize what has happened it is already on your computer.
The other way such a program is installed on your computer is if you attempt to go to a website and you’re instructed that you need to download the latest version of Java or another third-party application. It looks real and so you click the download link on the page. The file downloads just as it would with an authentic program. You go about installing it but in reality you’re installing the pup virus.
This is why you should avoid installing any kind of pop-up recommendation from a website. Only install such a program when notified from your operating system. If you come across such a window, it’s best to back out of the website, then turn to your operating system and search for any available updates. If there isn’t an update, there’s a good chance that pop-up from the website was some kind of malware (including a pup virus). If you have an available update install it and try to go back. If the notification continues, it means the website is infected and you should avoid visiting it.
How to Remove a Pup Virus
Once a pup virus becomes an actual program that pops up, it does become a bit more challenging for an anti-virus or anti-malware program to remove it. This doesn’t mean it’s not possible, so you should still download and install an anti-virus program, run a full-system scan, and remove any files it flags. Should this not work you’ll need to remove the pup virus manually. You don’t need extensive experience working within program files to do this, just make sure to only remove the files indicated, otherwise you might cause problems with your operating system.
Easier To Remove
The beauty of removing a pup virus is that it’s far easier than attempting to remove a single file from your computer. When a single file causes problems with your computer, it can embed itself into your system and leach onto other programs, meaning you need to go deep into the coding of the computer to separate the files before you’re able to remove it.
With a pup virus it appears as an actual program. This means you can remove it as a program. So while it is obtrusive and much more forward with its appearance, it is easier to remove manually from your computer.
Remove Pup Virus Manually
To remove a pup virus manually you want to click on the “Start” button and then choose “Control Panel,” followed by “Programs,” and then “Uninstall a Program.” From the pop-up window, scroll down until you find the name of the pup you want to remove. Chances are, when it pops up on your computer and attempts to run it will have some kind of name to it. This will probably be the name of the program you want to remove.
If you can’t recall a program name for the pup virus, you’ll want to scroll through your list of program files and take notice of the installed date. Look through this list for a program with an install date that is recent (or close to the time you noticed these pop ups appearing on your computer system). When you look at the name of the software, it will probably look familiar to what appears on the pup. It may also have either “No Name” under the publisher, or a random publisher name that doesn’t look familiar.
In other cases, the file may also be known as “Conduit.” Conduit is the most common pups to install itself on computers, so if you’re still struggling to find anything you should search for this.
When you find the program you want to remove, click on the name and choose “Uninstall/Change.” You should be able to follow the system prompts to remove the software. If this is not an option, return to the “Programs” folder in the Control Panel, locate the software and then drag it down to the trash can.
Removing Additional Files
There’s a good chance that while you removed the main program files, there will be some left over crumbs you need to sweep away to ensure your system is fully clean. Leaving these files is like removing a weed but leaving some roots in place. It may grow back.
To do this, you will need to download and install an anti-virus software on your computer if you do not yet have one. If you have one, make sure to update it and then run a full system scan. Even if you did this before, now that the main program is gone it becomes easier to identify malware files associated with it as sometimes the main program files can act as an umbrella over the other files, preventing you from getting to the secondary files.
Allow the system to perform the scan and then clear out the connected files. After you have done this, you should be good to go and not have any further problems with your pup virus. Just make sure to practice extra caution with any future pop-up download requests or email link requests.
You need to take all unwanted files on your computer seriously. Even a file that appears as a minor annoyance may have grave consequences later on. The last thing you want is for a minor intrusion to lead to data theft of all your user passwords, including your bank account and social media profiles. This can lead to other individuals in different countries opening up credit cards and taking out personal loans all under your name.
Identity theft previously occurred through mail fraud. Now it’s easier to do now than ever before because of the Internet. Should you discover a pup virus on your computer, you need to use these steps to remove it from your computer as quickly as possible.