Threat description




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

Depending on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either prompt you for a desired action, allow the program to run, block access to the program but leave it in place, or move it to the quarantine where it cannot harm your device.


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


More information on scanning or removal options are 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 assistance.

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.

Usually, programs which can be classed as riskware are those that can give more control or access to a device's internal systems or stored data than is usually allowed. This includes programs such as remote administration utilities, network monitoring software, data packet sniffers and so on.

These programs are often used legitimately by system administrators and users in an authorized and beneficial manner. Because the same programs can also be used by attackers or unauthorized users to cause harm however, they are classed as Riskware. When used in a harmful manner, riskware can delete, modify or steal stored data, or disrupt normal use of the device.

Description Created: 2007-03-22 11:55:25.0

Description Last Modified: 2015-01-16 11:00:00.0

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