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I wrote this article to help you remove PUP.Optional.Ask Virus. This PUP.Optional.Ask Virus removal guide works for all Windows versions.

As you can see by its name, PUP.Optional.Ask is a PUP. This abbreviation stands for a potentially unwanted program. In other words, you are stuck with an infection. PUP.Optional.Ask is unwanted indeed. It is actually a toolbar which appears on your browsers once installed but it is not helpful. Not by all means. The PUP was never meant to be beneficial to you. It was created by hackers with malicious agendas. So, do not think even for a second that PUP.Optional.Ask is going to improve your online activities in any way. It won`t. It will ruin them. Unless you stop it, of course.

You are lucky to be dealing with one relatively easy to remove parasite. If you act promptly, you should have no problems getting rid of the pest. But taking immediate measures is crucial. The more time PUP.Optional.Ask spends in your system, the more comfortable it gets. It will throw more and more issues your way with each passing day. Do yourself a favor and delete it before it goes out of control. Because it will, sooner or later. If you let that happen, deletion will not be so easy. Cut the pest`s stay short. If you don’t, you will come to regret it. Delays lead to irrevocable damage.

As we said, PUP.Optional.Ask appears as a toolbar on your browsers. Thanks to this toolbar, you are constantly bombarded with tons of annoying commercials. Crooks use these adverts to gain pay-per-click revenue. They also use you as their sponsor. Every time you click on an ad, generated by PUP.Optional.Ask, the hackers earn money. They get even better paid for every shady page you get redirected to. And you get redirected a lot. Not to say all the time. With PUP.Optional.Ask controlling your browsers, you suffer constant intrusions. Surfing the web at peace is in the past. Now, you cannot even open your browsers without a pile of ads coming your way. Avoid these commercials as well as the pages you are forced to visit at all costs. They do not only help crooks get rich, but they also hide risks.

If you happen to click on the wrong link/ad (most of them are corrupted), you worsen your situation. You are always a single click away from malware. Do you want to infect your PC even more? It is already struggling due to PUP.Optional.Ask alone. Imagine what would happen if you download more pests. It won`t be long before your machine gives up and breaks down completely. Do not take that risk. Delete PUP.Optional.Ask. You lose nothing by removing it. Actually, you gain a lot. Don’t hesitate and use our removal guide below. It will help you clean your machine in a few simple steps.

How did the PUP enter your computer? Surprisingly enough, you let it in. The program asked for your approval and you, being all distracted and inattentive, gave it without thinking twice about it. You have to pay more attention to what you give green light to. PUP.Optional.Ask uses tricks to seek your permission. It travels bundled with other programs and when you install these programs, you get PUP.Optional.Ask as s “bonus”. There is a way to prevent that.

Next time you are installing software, just opt for the Custom settings in the Setup Wizard instead of the Basic ones. They take more time but you are allowed to see all extras in the bundles which are about to enter your PC. You are also able to deselect them, which you should. These additionally attached apps are not reliable. They are not verified. Usually, they are malicious. Don’t give your consent so lightly. Choose caution over negligence and keep your computer safe.

PUP.Optional.Ask Virus Removal

STEP-1 Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.


Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.


Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove PUP.Optional.Ask Virus from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety. If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.


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