Hi there. I have Malwarebytes and AVG on my Windows 7 computer and they have been working good. But earlier today Malwarebytes started blocking a threat called PUP.Optional.AZlyrics.A. I tried to quarantine it, but the virus can recur on the next scan. I also ran AVG full scan which took about 4 hours but still nothing found. When I browse online, I always get frequent pop-ups which are annoying. I am not sure if the popups are related to the PUP thing. My question is is there any way that can get rid of this threat permanently?
PUP.Optional.AZlyrics.A is categorized as adware that usually installs on your computer bundled with other potentially unwanted programs. This threat is not malicious, although you may not knowing you’re downloading one, it can perform tons of malicious activities on your computer so you need to remove it immediately. When it hijacks your browser, it downloads potentially unwanted programs in the background that will display more and more ads on your computer. Not only these pop-up ads are very annoying but they can also take control of your entire web browser and as a result you have to use task manager to close the browser. Every time you browse online, it runs slow. It would take forever to load up a page and probably you will be filled with various pop-up alerts within your web browser that you have no way to close them.
Additionally, PUP.Optional.AZlyrics.A can redirect web browser to a predefined site whenever the user enters invalid address or performs an Internet search. It can add malicious toobar and extensions to your web browser and then modify your browser settings against your will. Research shows that most advertising-supported software comes to computer bundled with other programs such as dodgy downloads like video player, fake adobe flash player or unwanted toolbar; In some cases, this virus can even be packaged with something you’ve paid for. Please note that pop-ups related to PUP.Optional.AZlyrics.A are very misleading, this is why they’re very dangerous to be clicked by you. They may present a lot of fake information to you, and as a result your system may become horribly contaminated with a lot of other potentially unwanted programs. To avoid further damage, you should uninstall all the potentially unwanted programs from your computer manually.
Slow down your PC speed notably.
Add other dangerous Trojan or Spyware to your system secretly.
Allow the hacker to access your entire system.
Collect all your personal information and transfer to a remote hacker.
Destroy critical system files and make PC unstable.
From malicious drive-by-download scripts from corrupted porn and shareware / freeware websites.
Through spam email attachments, media downloads and social networks.
When clicking suspicious pop-ups or malicious links.
Open unknown email or download media files that contain the activation code of the virus.
Note: No matter how the virus accesses your PC, users should know that there are no tools can remove this pesky Trojan automatically at this moment, it is suggested users not spend much time in downloading or paying any security software which claims can delete this stubborn virus. It is totally useless. To completely get rid of PUP.Optional.AZlyrics.A, professional manual guide is needed.
Currently many computer users had the same experience that this virus couldn’t be removed by any anti-virus applications. So the manual approach is always required to combat this virus. And here is the step-by-step removal guide for all computer users.
1. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once PUP.Optional.AZlyrics.A virus is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
2. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
3. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries and then delete all.
Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
a. Press Windows key + R to open Run box. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.
Then a Registry Editor window will pop up as the following picture shows:
b. Search malicious files and registry entries and then remove all of them:
PUP.Optional.AZlyrics.A is associated with adware or potentially unwanted program which is designed to make money for its creators by promoting different Web sites, enhancing their web traffic and page ranks. If it is installed, this threat changes your homepage and default search provider without your permission and it will keep displaying unwanted ads for you. Moreover, it can disrupt your Internet browsing and perform malicious activities on your machine such as slow down your computer speed, redirect you to shady websites or even open a backdoor to install various malware for you. Meanwhile, this PUP will drop several malicious files and create a couple of folders under Application Data folder, making users get confused about how to distinguish and find out from all the legal system files. Therefore, it is suggested users get rid of PUP.Optional.AZlyrics.A manually instead.
Note: If you are not knowledgeable enough to be able to distinguish the location of this virus, or you are afraid of making mistake during the manual removal, please contact experts from Yoocare Online Tech Support for further help.
Published by & last updated on February 11, 2015 5:33 pm