Spyware

Classification

Spyware

Spyware

W32

Spyware

Summary

This program collects information about the user's actions or device, and sends it out.

Removal

Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will quarantine the file.

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 to F-Secure Labs 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.

Find out more
Knowledge Base

Find the latest advice in our Community Knowledge Base.

Product Manual

See the manual for your F-Secure product on the Help Center.

Contact Support

Chat with or call an expert for help.

Submit a sample

Submit a file or URL for further analysis.

Technical Details

The information collected by the spyware can vary, and may include the user's web browsing habits, search strings, site preferences and similar kinds of information. While these details cannot be used to exactly identify a user, and may not be considered confidential, the data gathering may be considered intrusive.

Once the information is gathered, it is transmitted to another party. The exact details of how the spyware sends out the data can vary, but the most common method is by connecting to a remote site or server and transmitting the gathered data to it.

Some spyware also perform other actions that can impact the user's privacy or productivity, or their control of the computer or device. Examples of such actions include displaying unsolicited pop-ups, hijacking a browser's home or search pages, redirecting browsing results and monitoring user activities.

Spyware may be legally and ethically ambiguous. Depending on how it gathers data, the context of use and any applicable laws, the spyware may be considered legal and acceptable; dubious but unlegislated; or outright illegal and unethical.

Examples of spyware include:

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