Threat Description

Max Spyware Detector


Category: Riskware
Type: Rogue Antispyware
Platform: W32


This category is for use with applications that do not fall within the other categories but are noteworthy for the user due to matching criteria listed in the TAC. The criteria however do not point in the direction of a specific detection category.


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically block the suspect file from running and prompt the user to select a further desired action.

Excluding a file from scanning

If you are aware of and accept any potential risk associated with this program, you can configure the F-Secure security product to exclude it from scanning.

Suspect a False Alarm?

If you suspect a file has been incorrectly identified as malicious, (that is, it is a False Alarm or a False Positive), please first ensure your F-Secure security program is up-to-date with the latest detection database updates, then rescan the suspect file.

If you continue to suspect a False Alarm, you may submit a sample of the suspect file to our Security Labs for further analysis via the Sample Analysis System (SAS).

More scanning & removal options

More information on scanning or removal options is available in the documentation for your F-Secure 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 information.

Contact Support

For further assistance, F-Secure customers can request support online via the Request support or the Chat forms on our Home - Global site.

Technical Details

Also known as Spyware Detector. Anti-spyware software of dubious repute. Does not pose immediate risk to system but users are cautioned that this software is reported as using false positive detections to persuade the purchasing of full version.

Additional Information from Spyware Warrior:

  • Note on Spyware Detector: Spyware Detector was listed onthis page because of concerns with false positives. Testing with the latest version of Spyware Detector indicates that the problems with earlier versions have been satisfactorily resolved. Thus, we can no longer consider Spyware Detector to be "rogue/suspect" anti-spyware.

Please note that Spyware Warrior and F-Secure use different criteria in establishing the nature of an application.

Description Created: 2006-01-01 00:00:00.0

Description Last Modified: 2006-01-01 00:00:00.0

Description Last Modified: Sean Sullivan, November 3, 2006


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