I wrote this article to help you remove PUP.Optional.ChinAd. This PUP.Optional.ChinAd removal guide works for all Windows versions.
As you have already figured it out, PUP.Optional.ChinAd is a PUP. A potentially unwanted program that has managed to sneak into your system and has to be uninstalled immediately. This is a cyber infection, created by crooks to serve their malicious purposes. But it will only bring troubles to you. It won`t enhance your online experience in any way. On the very contrary. It will destroy it effectively. It is crucial to act fast. The more time the PUP spends on board, the more problematic it becomes. Don’t sit quietly while the pest is demolishing your PC. Act now. Find the infection`s hiding place and delete it upon discovery.
As soon as the PUP lands on your machine, issues start pouring. You start noticing some changes which you don’t remember approving. And this is because you didn’t. PUP.Optional.ChinAd doesn’t bother asking for your permission. It doesn’t even inform you of the modifications it makes. Your preferences are not relevant anymore. You are not the one in charge. So, the PUP adds a pesky extension or a plugin to all of your browsers this injecting them with ads.
A never-ending pile of annoying sponsored pop-up ads is thrown your way all the time. You cannot get rid of these commercials. And do you know why they are so intrusive? They help crooks gain effortless profits by generating web traffic to particular pages. Hackers use the dubious pay-per-click mechanism to make money. This means that every click of yours on an ad fills their pockets. You are becoming their sponsor just by keeping the infection on board. And not only that. You are jeopardizing your safety in the matter. As we mentioned, the ads are sponsored, meaning they cannot be trusted.
A single link could easily lead you to a page full of malware or it could contain malware itself. Either way, one click on the wrong ad and you automatically download more pests on board. Imagine what it is like to be always one click away from infections. Of course, there might be some perfectly safe commercials displayed on your screen but you cannot tell which is which. Not unless you open them and this is too much of a risk. You may flood your already infected PC with more viruses.
So, click nothing the PUP generates. Trust nothing as well. Stay away from the pages it redirects you to, stay away from the ads. The chances are they deliver infections. And you already have an infection on board. It hijacks your browsing experience and makes it impossible to enjoy. It also slows down your PC. It is underperforming because of the PUP, it crashes frequently, your browsers freeze too. Even your internet connection may become unstable. And as if all of this is not enough, PUP.Optional.ChinAd also spies on your data. It gathers your IPs, email addresses, usernames, passwords, browser-related data and sends them all to the hackers behind it. Don’t let it. Delete this PUP immediately and regain control over your machine. Use our removal guide at the end of this article and get rid of PUP.Optional.ChinAd for good.
How to protect yourself in the future? Well, infections like this rely on trickery and deception to slither in your system. One of their most famous tricks involves freeware bundles. All the crooks have to do is attack the pest to a bundle and you do the rest by not being careful during the installation of said bundle. By rushing the installment you get the infection as a “bonus”. So, next time, we recommend you opt for the Custom settings in the Setup Wizard instead of the Basic ones. Yes, they are more time-consuming but they also give you complete control over the installation. You are able to check the entire bundle program by program as well as to decide which program stays and which one goes.
Also, don’t skip the Terms and Conditions unless you want to agree to something you are totally against. Your haste, distraction, and carelessness are what all infections pray for. Why provide it? By doing so you are only helping hackers. Be more vigilant. Preventing an intruder from entering is much easier that dealing whit it later. Don’t forget that a little extra attention could save you a ton of issues.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start 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.ChinAd from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.