Classification

Category :

Spyware

Type :

Adware

Aliases :

Adware.[family], Adware:W32/[family], Adware.W32.[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

PC: Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it may block the file from running, move it to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or ask you to select an action.

Mobile: Once the scan is complete, the F-Secure security product will ask you if you want to uninstall the program, move it to the quarantine or keep it installed on your device.

If you are aware of the risks involved in using the file and consent to its use, you may change the settings of your F-Secure security product to allow the file to run. You may also change the settings to exclude it from scanning.

Note: You need administrative rights to change the settings.

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    Note: If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note: You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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 in the interface of 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.

Peace of mind against online threats

F-Secure Total is a security suite that protects all your phones and computers in real time, 24/7 and with award-winning accuracy. Read more about Total and try it free for 30 days, no credit card required.

More Support

Community

Ask questions in our Community .

User Guides

Check the user guide for instructions.

Contact Support

Chat with or call an expert.

Submit a Sample

Submit a file or URL for analysis.