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Adware (Generic)


Category:  Spyware

Type:  Adware

Platform:  W32, Android

Aliases:  Adware generic, adware.generic.[variant], gen:adware.[variant], gen:adware.heur.[variant], gen:variant.adware.[variant], Gen:variant.adware


A generic detection has identified a program or file that has code or behavior for displaying third-party advertising content.

Generic detections are broad patterns of code or behavior that are used by security software to identify programs or files. If you suspect the detected file has been incorrectly identified, go to: Removal: Handling a False Positive.


Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either prompt you for a desired action, allow the program to run, block access to the program but leave it in place, or move it to the quarantine where it cannot harm your device.

Allow blocked files and exclude files from scanning

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.

Handling a False Positive

Security programs will sometimes unintentionally identify a clean program or file as harmful if its code or behavior is similar to a known harmful program or file. This is known as a False Positive.

If you suspect the detected file is a False Positive, you may take the following actions:

Knowledge Base

Find the latest advice in our Community Knowledge Base.

About the product

See the manual for your F-Secure product on the Help Center.

Contact Support

Chat with or call an expert for help.

Submit a sample

Submit a file or URL for further analysis.

Technical Details

Adware is software that displays advertisements on the computer to which it is installed. The advertisements may be displayed on the desktop or during a web browsing session.

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.

Description Created: 2011-11-01 11:10:00.0

Description Last Modified: 2011-11-01 11:10:00.0