Adgeneric, Adware:OSX/Adgeneric, Adware:OSX/Adgeneric.variant!online


This detection from the F-Secure Security Cloud identifies applications on the Mac OS X platform with code, behavior or components similar to adware.


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About Security Cloud

F-Secure's Security Cloud is an online service that tracks the security reputation of common programs, files and websites. If a questionable program or file is found during a scan, your F-Secure security product will send a query to the Security Cloud to get its most recent reputation rating. The product will then use that information (and if needed, further analysis) to choose whether to block, quarantine or remove the program or file.

The Security Cloud rating for the identified application indicates that it has code or behavior to display third-party advertising content to the user, either as icons or notification messages in the interface, or as pop-up messages that are shown when the bundled programs are run.

Many applications, especially those distributed for free, include behavior or components for displaying third-party advertising content. This is done as an alternative form of revenue for the software developers, who would otherwise have to charge users for the application itself. If a user is unaware of the 'ad-supported' nature of such programs, or objects to the content being shown, they may cause considerable annoyance.

If use of the program outweighs the inconvenience of having ads displayed, you may choose to keep the program installed.

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