Installed Viasat Browser via link from Project Sparrow browser, now Malwarebytes is flagging PUPs

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I've reported this issue through the browser, but I wanted to get feedback from the community.

I fired up Sparrow last night (yeah, I've been rolling kinda slow lately) and it prompted me to download the new Viasat browser, as Sparrow is now defunct. :) So, using the link provided in by Sparrow, I downloaded the install package, closed Sparrow, then installed the browser. Things seemed to be working well, so I uninstalled Sparrow.

Today, I received a report from Malwarebytes (version 3.3.1) that it found some suspicious stuff that I needed to review. The software flagged 12 items as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Program), all as PUP.Optional.Ghokswa.Gen. Had a mix of files and Registry keys - mostly Registry keys.

Poking around on the internet tells me this is a Malwarebytes identifier for browser adware.

I didn't get this with Sparrow, or with Chrome, Firefox, or Opera.

Has anyone else run into this issue? 
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Sophie Mae

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Official Response
Hi Sophie, We have contacted Malwarebytes about this issue and they have indicated that they have addressed it.  Their response is below:

We have verified this to be a false positive. 
This will be fixed in the next database update.

Depending on which version of Malwarebytes you have, you will need the following database to correct:

MBAM2 Version: v2018.04.26.10
MBAM3 Version: 1.0.4882

Please let us know if, after updating your Malwarebytes version, you still see this issue.

Thanks!