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Remove PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A That Hinders Update and Pops up Ads

What Is PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A?

PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A is a part of an HDR or other photo editing extension to help the related third-party program stay without bring removed/uninstalled easily or help with the promotion by popping up ads so that more PC users will download the third-party program.
PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A takes advantage of computing techniques such as JS and BHO and adds slight modifications to them to make itself sticky to target machines. As a consequence, the PUP is not flagged as a virus and will not be removed automatically by installed anti-virus programs when it triggers unpleasant scenes by:

  1. slowing down the overall PC performance and page-loading speed.
  2. dropping down additional web applications.
  3. triggering warning alert from installed anti-virus programs.


Why Anti-virus Program Takes PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A as Potential Threat?

PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A is categorized as PUP, the name was specifically created by security companies to group the ones that degrade PC performance without vicious attribute code on which security utilities depend to kill virus. There are two reasons that the PUP is considered to be potentially dangerous:

  1. As a freeware, PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A needs to bundle with other third-party programs for propagation; to return the favor, the PUP would download the bundled programs when it gets on a machine. This could occupy the internal resource and hinder the full play by critical parts of a machine, say security defense.
  2. The third-party programs bundled with PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A are usually freeware/shareware without much reputation due to the loose programming and lame functionality. Thus bug can be readily found by infections injected on the Internet.
  3. Once PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A is capitalized by infections, the JS and BHO techniques will be utilized to record in-put information and preload vicious codes into system configuration without too much interference.

VilmaTech Online Support would suggest a quick removal to stop any possible harms in the long run. Since anti-virus programs are not able to help remove PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A, manual method is offered below. Any help request will be gladly answered if you start a live chat window here.

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Expert Shows How to Remove PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A

Step1. end the services with the path to executable directing to PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A.


  • Use Win+R key combination to get Run box.
  • Type “services.msc” in the box and hit Enter key, which will bring up the service window.
    run service to end the ones related to PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A on Windows 7/XP/Vista
  • Double click on the enabled services that don’t belong to system and check the path to executable.
  • Remove/disable the service with the path pointing to PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A.

Windows 8

  • Double click on Windows Explorer to access Administrative Tools.
  • Double click on Services icon to inspect the ones that don’t belong to system by double-clicking on them respectively.
  • Remove/disable the service with the path to executable pointing to PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A.
    use service property to help locate and remove PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A's service on Windows8

Step2. use Task Manager together with Running Tasks to end the processes related to PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A.

  • Use Ctrl+Alt+Delete/Ctrl+Shift+Esc (Windows8) key combination to access Task Manager.
  • Hit View tab to choose “Select Columns” and then tick “Image Path Name” and PID.
    select colums to help end the processes associated with PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A
  • Please then access Running Tasks with the steps below:

Windows 7/XP/Vista

  • Unfold Start menu and hover mouse over All Programs to select Accessories.
  • Choose System Tools and then System Information.
  • Expand Software Environment node to hit on Running Tasks in the left pane.
  • The path for each service and program will be shown in the right pane.
  • Please remove/end the items with path directing to PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A and end the processes with the same name in Task Manager.

Windows 8

  • Access “All Apps” from Start Screen and then choose Accessories.
  • Choose System Tools followed by System Information to continue.
  • Expand Software Environment node in the left pane to hit on Running Tasks.
  • The path for each service and program will be shown in the right pane.
  • Please remove/end the items with path directing to PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A and end the processes with the same name in Task Manager.

Step3. show hidden items to remove Temp files and the ones dropped by PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A.

Windows 7/XP/Vista

  • Access Control Panel from Start menu and click open “user accounts and family safety”.
  • Double click on ‘Folder Options’ to hit View tab.
  • Please then tick ‘Show hidden files and folders’ and non-tick ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’ to show hidden items.

Windows 8

  • Open Windows Explorer on Start screen and browse to View tab.
  • Tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options.
  • Press “OK” button to show hidden items.
    show hidden files on WIndows8 to remove the items hidden and dropped by PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A

a.    remove the given items:
C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Local\Temp\
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet File
b. navigate to the following directories and remove the items generated on and after the date on and after PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A.was firstly detected:
C:\Program Files\
C:\Users\[your username]\Documents\


PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A Removal Tips

It is known from the preceding paragraphs that PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A would load down additional items upon its settlement. Complete removal is thus highly recommended after removing PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A to eradicate any potential hazard from other third-party programs and prevent PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A from coming back in seconds. For the corresponding solution, please navigate to virus reservoir; as alternative, contact VilmaTech Online Support and have their senior technicians resolve all the related issues at once.

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Create A Restore Point

As more and more items adopt drive-by download for rapid propagation, it is recommended to create a restore point after the complete removal of PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A as well as the related items in case extra programs install without permission the next time. A click on the set restore point will save time and energy to uninstall the programs, especially the sticky ones. Here’s the video to show how.



What offered above is the removal thread providing the way to dig out any items related to PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A rather than just giving the exact items that need to be removed as it is impossible due to various versions of OS and the way to get PUP.Optional.PicEnhance.A. Therefore, one should be equipped with certain level of computer skills and knowledge to carry out the steps correctly.

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