Threat Description



Aliases: Adware:​w32/[variant], not-a-virus:Adware
Category: Spyware
Type: Adware
Platform: W32


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


Exclusion (PC)

If user is aware of and accepts the potential risk associated with this program, they can configure the F-Secure security product to exclude it from scanning.

On Mobile

F-Secure's Mobile Security product automatically blocks installation of Android apps identified as Adware.

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, the user may elect to keep the adware installed.


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