Threat Description

Adware (Generic)


Category: Spyware
Type: Adware
Platform: W32
Aliases: Adware generic, adware.generic.[variant], gen:adware.[variant], gen:adware.heur.[variant], gen:variant.adware.[variant], Gen:variant.adware


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 apps identified as Adware.


More information on scanning or removal options are available in the documentation for your F-Secure Mobile Security product on the Downloads section of our Home - Global site.

You may also refer to the Knowledge Base on the F-Secure Community site for more assistance.

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.


Programs identified using a detection name such as 'Gen:adware.[variable]', 'adware.generic.[variable]' or similar, indicates that the program was identified by a Generic Detection. Unlike single-file detections which identify unique files, a Generic Detection looks for broadly applicable code or behavior characteristics to evaluate a file's potential for causing harm; a single Generic Detection can therefore efficiently identify dozens, or even hundreds of malware.

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

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


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