Should I use advanced or simple means to remove PUPs?

May 24, 2014
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My Malwarebytes scan tonight reported the following. Are they bad? Advice?

3 “PUP.Optional.Spigot.A” detections and
1 “PUP.Optional.MyEmoticons.A”

Long Story: I recently had a few people stay in my home for a few days. Common courtesy had me give them permission to use my computer when they needed to, but once they departed, I decided to run a scan on the computer. Free trial Avast comes up clean. Free Trial Malwarebytes is a bit different:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Scan Date: 5/23/2014
Scan Time: 11:09:25 PM
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2014.05.24.01
Rootkit Database: v2014.05.21.01
License: Trial
Malware Protection: Enabled
Malicious Website Protection: Enabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 8
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: Tameka

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 267992
Time Elapsed: 13 min, 50 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 1
PUP.Optional.Spigot.A, C:\Users\Tameka\AppData\Roaming\Search Protection\SearchProtection.exe, 724, , [062bb5a0b3c82412a25f003c31cf629e]

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 1
PUP.Optional.MyEmoticons.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-934097189-4001693668-3402004547-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\SOFTWARE\Search Protection, , [32ff9fb6f7843cfa041e7e23bb47f30d],

Registry Values: 1
PUP.Optional.Spigot.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-934097189-4001693668-3402004547-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|SearchProtection, “C:\Users\Tameka\AppData\Roaming\Search Protection\SearchProtection.EXE” /autostart, , [062bb5a0b3c82412a25f003c31cf629e]

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files: 2
PUP.Optional.Spigot.A, C:\Users\Tameka\AppData\Roaming\Search Protection\SearchProtection.exe, , [062bb5a0b3c82412a25f003c31cf629e],
PUP.Optional.Spigot.A, C:\Users\Tameka\AppData\Local\Temp\~sp8AD9.tmp, , [cd640451a0dbd26443bf2a1232ceb24e],

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


I’ve quarantined all of the detections, but I haven’t removed any of them because, to be frank, I’m pretty computer stupid. I know that PUPs aren’t always necessarily dangerous, but a quick Google search has pulled up many sites stating that “Spigot” can be pretty dangerous. I know nothing about “MyEmoticons,” but I’d rather not have it on my computer if I don’t need it (to be honest, it sounds kinda spammy). I’ll admit, I’m kinda freaking out.

In terms of performance, I could say my computer is a bit slower than I remember, taking time to load web pages and such, but that may just be placebo. I’m not sure.

Should I just remove these via Malwarebytes and call it a day, or do you think this calls for a more thorough cleanse?

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