Gen:Variant.Application.Bundler

Classification

Riskware

Application

W32

Application.Bundler, Gen:Variant.Application.Bundler, Gen:Application.Bundler

Summary

Gen:Variant.Application.Bundler identifies software that is distributed bundled together with other components or programs.

Removal

Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it may allow the file to run, block it from running, move it to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or ask you to select an action.

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.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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Submit a sample

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Technical Details

An application bundle is a collection of software that is distributed as a single package. Bundling applications together is a popular technique used by software vendors to attract customers, who may be interested in only one of the programs in the package but are willing to pay for or accept the entire bundle for the perceived value of having all the included software.

The software included in a bundle is up to the discretion of the software vendor: it can be a program with a separate installer or uninstaller; an operating system and a basic suite of programs; a game and related components; and so on. In more ambiguous cases, the bundled applications may be potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) or Unwanted Applications (UA).

Transparency concerns

Some application bundles present all the included software very transparently to the user, and clearly allow them to choose which programs they wish to install. For example, they prominently display an End User License Agreement (EULA), don't require the user to install all the included programs if they only want one application in the bundle, and cause no problems during the installation process.

Other application bundles are less transparent. For example, the user may only be notified about the presence of additional programs by a small, easily overlooked checkbox in the installation process. Alternatively, the installation process may be designed in such a way that when they try to install one application, the user is required to agree to install all the other bundled programs.

If you are aware of and agree to the terms and conditions for the other software included in the bundle, you may choose to proceed with installing all the programs. If you do not, you may opt to install only the desired program, if that is permitted during the installation process.