Riskware is a term used by Kaspersky Lab, the company that created the Kaspersky antivirus software. It essentially applies to the programs that are not spyware or malware by themselves, but contain identified loopholes that can be exploited by malicious programs with relative ease. Riskware programs usually require access to critical system resources to function properly.

Some riskware also have the capability to start and stop system services such as