PUP.Optional.NotChromeRun “Virus” Removal

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

PUP.Optional.NotChromeRun is a rogue piece of software which can do your system harm. As the name of the application suggests, it is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The people who have developed it have not put on the effort to hide its nature. If this application enters your system, your computer will begin to exhibit unusual behavior. Whenever your system starts to send out red flags, take immediate measures. The actions of PUP.Optional.NotChromeRun pose a threat to both your computer and your personal security.

There are a few ways to contact the covert program. The PUP prefers to travel in software bundles. Freeware, shareware, and pirated programs are potential hosts for malware in general. You should avoid programs from unlicensed publishers, like peer-to-peer networks, torrent websites, and other similar platforms. To be on the safe side, read the agreement while processing the installation of new software. PUP.Optional.NotChromeRun will ask for your permission to get added to your system. It will be included as an option in the terms and conditions of the download client. You will need to change the setting.

Another way to get tricked to allow PUP.Optional.NotChromeRun into your computer is through a spam email. The furtive program will be hidden behind an attachment. The host file can be a text document, an image, or an archive. In many cases, spammers use a script file and disguise it with a fake extension. The sender will make sure the message looks serious. He will say that the file is an important document, like a receipt, an invoice, a bill, a fine, etc. To filter spam from reliable emails, you need to check the sender’s contacts. Look up the account he has used to contact you. If he is a genuine representative of the corresponding entity, he would have used an official email account.

The developers of PUP.Optional.NotChromeRun use online marketing to make profit. Since they do not sell their own products, they collaborate as outsourcing promoters. There are online traders who enlist third parties to carry out their marketing campaigns. They pay for this service in accordance to the success rate. This monetizing technique has been appropriately dubbed the pay-per-click system. Since the PUP depends on people’s activity, it uses marketing tricks to garner their interest.

PUP.Optional.NotChromeRun displays advertisements with well thought out content and design. The ads promote shopping deals for various consumer goods. The majority of the offers are chosen for a reason. The PUP is set to monitor your online behavior. It will gather data about your habits and your preferences. The ads will accent on items you have looked up or bought recently. The PUP also uses pricing and marketing techniques. It presents the listings as discounts, sales, package deals, limited editions, and other exclusive offers. To make the advertisements noticeable, the shady tool decorates them with cursive fonts, bright colors, and other special effects.

PUP.Optional.NotChromeRun generates advertisements in various formats. This ranges from classic pop-ups to interstitial, floating, transitional, inline, contextual, and banner windows. The suggested listings may be enticing, but we advise you to pass on them. Keep in mind that the sources behind the ads are questionable. The PUP does not show where the windows lead to. If you click on an ad, you could be taken to a malicious website and contact malware. We advise you to steer clear of them.

PUP.Optional.NotChromeRun has another way to make proceeds for its developers. It collects data from the user’s browser and sells it on darknet markets. As you can imagine, the risk level here is as high as it can get. The people who lurk on illegal websites do not have good intentions. This is the realm of cyber criminals. Your personal information can allow attackers to hack your accounts. The PUP collects different kinds of data, including personally identifiable information (PII). It can record your browsing history, keystrokes, tracking cookies, IP address, email, geographic location, zip code, email, telephone number, and the user names and passwords for your online accounts.

PUP.Optional.NotChromeRun 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.NotChromeRun from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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