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What do the options in Extended threat categories mean?

Lavasoft Anti-Virus Helix reports viruses or malware detection. In addition, you can set Lavasoft Anti-Virus Helix to detect other so-called Extended threat categories.

Go to Configuration, enable the Expert mode, then go to General -> Extended threat categories. Here you can activate or deactivate more unwanted program types.

Adware/Spyware:
Software that displays advertising pop-ups or software that very often without the user's consent sends user specific data to third parties and might therefore be unwanted.

Backdoor-Client (BDC):
In order to steal data or to manipulate computers, a Backdoor-Server program sneaks in, without the user's knowledge. This program can be managed by third parties through a Backdoor-Client via Internet or network.

Double Extension Files:
Executable files, which disguise their own extension and thus appear to be harmless.

Dialers:
If you activate this option, you are warned when a dial-up program tries to connect and charge a fee. You can just delete the unwanted 0190/0900-dialer. In case you really want to use such a dialer, you can declare it as exception and it will not be scanned.

Security Privacy Risk (SPR):
These are programs that might be able to affect the security of your system, might trigger activities you might not want or might violate your privacy.

Games:
If you activate this option, you are warned every time a game is detected.

Unusual Runtime Compression Tools:
Files that have been compressed using an unusual tool and are therefore suspicious. Make sure they come from a trusty source.

Jokes:
Joke programs are just meant to scare, amuse or annoy someone. They are harmless for the computer and do not spread themselves. Attention: the symptoms of joke programs can be triggered by viruses or Trojans.

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