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PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A, Remove Value Apps Popup from Computers


PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A has been flagged by Malwarebyte with the entry “C:\Users\Installer\AppData\Local\Conduit\ValueApps (PUP.Optional.ValueAppsplugin.A)”. The entry has manifested a fact that PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A is one of the components that support misconduct from conduit search virus.

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According to the data gathered by Global PC Support Center, an interesting thing has been found that PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A barely leaves PUP.Optional.Conduit.A. On the occurrence of one of them, the other can be expected, which does impose challenge in complete removal. However, most PC users do not take PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A as a severe problem as they believe that PUP is milder than virus. It talks sense. But what make PUP milder are fewer dissemination routine and less direct damages. People should still pay attention to the indirect harms that PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A brings. For details, please keep reading. Complete removal method will be presented for reference as there’s no universal removal way in the world when other infections stand a chance to compromise a target machine infected with PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A. Should there be any questions that need to be answered, ask online computer experts now.

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How Is PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A Dangerous?

PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A is categorized as potentially unwanted program. Therefore, drive-by download becomes its primary way to get onto a target machine. When in, PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A does its duty to pop up advertisements, among them are mainly Value Apps pop-ups.


Though the original purpose of such popup is not to damage computer with clear declaration on its page, during the process PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A has generated executable files in system partition and some key components on the target machine, such as startup and Registry Editor, leading to non-stop popup the moment network is connected.

As a result, ads supported by PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A will be able to make network connection as a trigger to pop up ads automatically. Be noted that those generated items are not that easy to be removed for three reasons:

  1. Object of those generated items have been preloaded into drivers.
  2. Some generated executable items have been injected into system service.
  3. Some system running processes are involved in the operation of PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A.

These are sufficient to re-configure DNS setting, leading to undesirable redirections regardless of how precise the search query is. It should arouse your attention that such random modification would give rise to web vulnerability, the one becoming to be the major object to increase the number of infections in the age of network.

One more thing that’s worth your extra attention is that PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A works with tracking cookie. With obvious change on the target browser, other destructive infections manage to detect the web vulnerability and thus hijack the tracking cookies for its own use. There’s possibility that the information will be resold to other spammers for money or will be analyzed for the next target to attack, leading to a more insecure online environment. If you don’t feel like your information being exposed to spammers, you don’t like constant alert and ads popped up by PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A or you would like to play a part in making a more secure online environment, VilmaTech Online Support recommends to remove PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A with the below instruction offered by Global PC Support Center. Due to the web vulnerability caused by PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A, failure can occur. Should it be the case when sufficient computer knowledge is not available, get help from one of experienced technicians.

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Step-by-Step Instruction to Remove PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A from Computers

One – Go to Registry Editor to remove the keys and values produced by PUP.Optional.ValueApps.
Tip: if you have your browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari) running at present, close them down to start.

  • Use Win key and R key and hold them together and bring up the Run box.
  • Put “Regedit” and hit Enter key to access Registry Editor. run regedit
  • When the following window is up, press Ctrl and F key together to bring up Find box. registry enditor2
  • Type “regedit” again and hit Enter key to find regedit.exe under Windows carefully.
  • Right click on it to select ‘Modify’.
  • Replace ‘regedit.exe’ with ‘’.
    modify regedit under windows
  • When done, navigate to the following given entries and values to remove vicious items(due to various versions of OS, the entries might vary):

HKLM\Software\Web Assistant
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions {random numbers}
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions\random letters
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{random numbers}
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{random numbers}
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{random numbers}
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{random numbers}
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{random numbers}
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{random numbers}_is1

  • When all is removed, back to C:\WINDOWS\ with the same process and change the extension back to .exe.

Two – Show all hidden items to remove virulent components related to PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A among other hidden system files from the target computer.

  1. Enter into C:\Windows and C:\Windows\System32 to remove Temp files and folder.
  2. Search and find any items with the name containing “PUP”.
  3. Browse to the following given directories and remove related ones:

C:\Program Files\Web Assistant
C:\Program Files\Common Files\[name – the program that brought in by PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A including Value Apps]
C:\Users\AppData\Local\[names – the program that brought in by PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A including Value Apps]
C:\Users\AppData\LocalLow\[names – the program that brought in by PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A including Value Apps]
C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\[browsers you use]\Profiles\[random letters and numbers].default\Extensions\webbooster@[the popup name triggered by PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A including Value Apps].com.xpi

Windows 8

  • Find Windows Explorer from Start Screen and access its window.
  • Go to its View tab to tick the option ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ in the upper right.
  • Hit “OK” button to reveal all hidden items. win8 hidden file

Windows 7/Vista/XP

  • Click Windows icon start menu to get Start options and access Control Panel.
  • When in, choose ‘Folder Options’ to hit View tab for the selection of ‘Show hidden files and folders and non-ticking the option ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’. folder options1
  • Hit “OK” button to reveal all hidden items.

Three –Enable popup blocker to block Value Apps.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Show Tools option to select Web features and make Value Apps to be blocked.popup blocker

Internet Explorer

  • Show Tools options to select ‘Options’ so as to block Value Apps under Privacy tab.popup blocker

Google Chrome

  • Show Tool options to choose ‘Options’ so as to block Value Apps under “Content Settings” in “Under the Hood”.


  • Show Opera’s options to access “Preference” under “settings” so as to block Value Apps under General tab.


Four – Remove Value Apps extension from browser settings.

Internet Explorer

  • Show Tools option to select Internet option.
  • Navigate to General tab.
  • Then remove Value Apps and any possible vicious items from ‘Toolbars and Extensions under ‘Manage Add-on’ option.
    manage addon IE_

Google Chrome

  • Show ‘Customize and control’ options to select ‘Settings’.
  • Then remove Value Apps and any possible vicious items from ‘Extension’. chrome-extensions

Mozilla Firefox

  • Show Tools options again to remove Value Apps and any possible vicious items from ‘Extension’ and ‘Plugins’ respectively under “manage Add-ons”. firefox management


  • Show Opera menu options to select Extensions.
  • Remove Value Apps and any possible vicious items from“Manage Extensions”.extension


PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A belongs to potentially unwanted program that has been found to be accompanied by PUP.Optional.Conduit.A. The most obvious symptom of getting infected with PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A is to get endless popup ads. According to a survey, PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A comes from conduit search virus family. As a consequence,, conduit search toolbar might be installed if delay has been made in the removal. To save time and energy to remove PUP.Optional.ValueApps.A, it is always recommended to undertake the removal as soon as possible. On the occurrence of failure or unexpected problems, some more vicious items can be the reason and additional steps should be taken. If only deficient technology is available when failure emerges, you are welcome to contact VilmaTech Online Support and ask for exclusive help to rescue your computer right away.

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