Adware

Classification

Spyware

Adware

W32

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

Automatic action

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.

Allow a blocked file to run or exclude a file from scanning

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.

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User Guide

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Submit a sample

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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.

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

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