Dialer (Generic)

Classification

Category :

Riskware

Type :

Dialer

Aliases :

Porn-Dialer.Win32, Porn-Dialer.Win32.Generic, Dialer.generic, Dialer.generic.17793

Summary

A generic detection has identified a program or file that has code similar to premium-rate dialer programs that provide users with a dial-up Internet connection by connecting to an expensive pay-per-minute phone number via the computer's modem.

Security programs use generic detections that look for broad patterns of code or behavior to identify similar programs or files. If you suspect the file was incorrectly detected, go to: Removal: Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?.

Removal

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.

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.

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 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.

Technical Details

This detection identifies premium-rate dialer programs that provide users with a dial-up Internet connection by connecting to an expensive pay-per-minute phone number via the computer's modem.

Most of these dialer programs will also offer the user access to pornographic content, which may be unsolicited or undesirable.

For more information about dialers, please see the Dialer description.

Installation

When first executed, a dialer program will create desktop or start menu shortcuts to pornographic websites, as well as creating copies of itself on the system.

It then presents the user with an End User License Agreement (EULA) and various message boxes, which the user must click through to approve usage of the premium number. While the user may decline, some variants will persistently display the message boxes, becoming a nuisance.

Some dialers silently install malicious or unwanted components onto the system, even if the user declines; others have also been known to quietly change the dialing settings without the user's knowledge or authorization, or to dial additional numbers beyond what the user agreed to.

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