Windows

Classification

Spyware

Vulnerability

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Windows, Windows

Summary

To a limited extent, F-Secure can detect security vulnerabilities of Windows settings. They are detected with the name "Windows". By selecting the option to remove them with F-Secure's product, the settings will be set to secure again.

Removal

Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it may block the file from running, move it to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or ask you to select an action.

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 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.

User Guide

See the user guide for your 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

Windows is the name for lowered security settings caused by an unknown or previous malware infection. It may be so that the malware infection was previously removed but left the lowered security settings behind. Removing or quarantining these means, in this case, restoring the settings to their defaults, in order to prevent more malware from entering the system. One example is when the option to install unsigned ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer has been set to enable, thus allowing dangerous or malicious third party ActiveX controls to be silently installed.