Security programs use generic detections that look for broad patterns of code or behavior to identify similar programs or files. If you suspect the file was incorrectly detected, go to: Removal: Resolving a False Positive.
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.
In some cases, an infected file, or archive file containing infected files, is detected inside a temporary or cache folder. For instructions on dealing with such an infection, see:
Exploits usually target vulnerabilities that are application or platform specific - that is, a particular program (or even a particular version of that program) needs to be installed on the machine in order for the exploit to work.
We recommend that any applications installed on a machine are kept updated with the latest security updates to fix any vulnerabilities present and prevent exploitation. For the latest security updates and advice, please consult the application vendor.
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.
The PDF files are typically distributed as attachments to spam email messages. If the attached file is opened, the embedded macro will run and try to exploit targeted vulnerabilities, which may be present on a device.
If the flaw is successfully exploited, the code will download additional files onto the affected machine. The downloaded files are typically ransomware.
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