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Riskware is computer software, which actually was not programmed and intended as malware, but has security critical functions. These functions can be used to start or stop computer processes or computer services. Riskware can also be defined as potentially dangerous software.

Riskware can be executed and misused by malware and will be noticed in certain cases by antivirus software. Kaspersky Anti-Virus, for example, classifies popular software like mIRC and Vista transformation Pack as riskware.

Such programs are often legal software which are used by, for instance, system administrators. However, if used with malicious intent, such programs can cause damage to systems and data.[1]

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