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CPAV, Central Point


CPAV is not a virus, but an antivirus program. If F-Secure anti-virus products says that a program has been modified by Central Point Antivirus, it means that CPAV has added a self-checking module to the end of the program.

When a program modified in this way is executed, the added code will first check that the length of the program is not changed, and allows the program to execute only if this is not the case.

F-Secure anti-virus products will detect programs modified in this way because the added code resembles virus code closely, and also because several programs (including F-Secure anti-virus products) will not run after a modification like this.

The added code can be removed by CPAV itself.


Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either move the file to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or remove it.

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 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.

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