Riskware:W32/[variant], Client-p2p.win32.[variant], not-a-virus:[variant]


A program that, if used in an unauthorized or harmful manner, can introduce security risks to a device or the data stored on it.


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.

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Technical Details

Programs may be classed as riskware if they can introduce security risks to the device or to data stored on it. A program that is not harmful but does not provide the functionality claimed may also be classed as riskware.

Programs which can be classed as riskware are those that can give more control or access to a computer or device's operating system or stored data than is usually allowed. This includes programs such as:

  • Operating system rooting tools
  • Data packet sniffing tools
  • Remote administration software
  • Network monitoring software
  • Hack-tools

While such programs may be legitimately used by the computer or device's authorized user or administrator, they are classified by security programs as riskware because in the hands of unauthorized users, they can also be used to cause damage to stored data or the device.

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 keep it installed on your device. You may also choose to exclude it from further scanning.

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