This program collects information about the user's actions or device, and sends it out.
Security programs will sometimes unintentionally identify a clean program or file as malicious if its code or behavior is similar to a known harmful program or file. This is known as a False Positive. In most cases, a False Positive is fixed in a subsequent database release.
Usually, updating your F-Secure security product to use the latest database is enough to resolve the issue. You can check by first updating your F-Secure security product to use the latest detection database updates, then rescanning the file.
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 will need to first collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.
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.
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Submit a file or URL for further analysis.
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: