Classification

Category:  Spyware

Type:  Adware

Platform:  W32

Aliases:  Adware:W32/[variant], not-a-virus:Adware.[variant], Adware.[variant], Adware.win32.[variant]

Summary


A program that delivers advertising content to the user. It is usually annoying but harmless, unless it is combined with spyware or trackware.

Removal


Automatic action (PC)

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically block the program from running and prompt you for a desired action.

Exclusion (PC)

If you are confident that you are aware of the risks involved in using the program and consent to its use, you may choose to allow the program to run. You can also change the settings of the F-Secure security product to exclude it from further scanning. Note: you need administrative rights to change the settings.

Automatic action (Mobile)

Once the scan is complete, the F-Secure security product will prompt you to assess the file and choose to Uninstall, Quarantine or keep it installed on your device.

Knowledge Base

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About the product

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Contact Support

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Submit a sample

Submit a file or URL for further analysis.

Technical Details


An adware program displays advertisements on the computer or device. The advertising content may be displayed on the desktop, during a web browsing session or with a program or mobile application.

Adware is often bundled with free software that provides some functionality to the user. This is especially true on mobile platforms such as Android, where developers typically rely on third-party advertising to provide users with free applications. If a user is unaware of the 'ad-supported' nature of such programs, they may cause considerable annoyance.

If the functionality provided by adware outweighs the potential inconvenience of advertisements being displayed, you may choose to keep the program installed.

Description Created: 2010-03-01 08:10:03.0

Description Last Modified: 2012-09-25 10:00:00.0