The Type designation 'Joke' was previously used by F-Secure to identify a non-destructive program with an annoying or funny functionality.
Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.
Detailed instructions for F-Secure security products are available in the documentation found in the Downloads section of our Home - Global site.
You may also refer to the Knowledge Base on the F-Secure Community site for further assistance.
Joke programs are not actually viruses, but joke programs that create virus-like symptoms. They do not spread or cause damage. F-Secure products detect joke programs because their behavior often causes the user to suspect a virus infection.
With changes in the threat landscape today, programs previously identified as 'Joke' are now classified under the Riskware Category, with the Type designation 'Application'.
The update in naming better clarifies the program's overall security profile in the current, more complex threat landscape.