While you are using your PC or system, suddenly, you get a notification from your antivirus. It shows you a warning of an infected file named ‘IDP Generic.‘ A plethora of users have experienced and reported the occurrence of the this issue. One more question that needs to be thought upon is whether it is a genuine error or a false positive alarm by the virus vault. So, in this post, let us explore what this IDP issue is all about.
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What exactly it is? A virus or Trojan?
Firstly, one thing for sure is, IDP Generic is an infected file that may or may not be notified by the antivirus. If it is notified, then you can explore the file in the virus vault. Before that, let us clarify the basic terms and differences between various malware like a virus, Trojan, and worms.
Virus, bots, worms, and Trojans belong to the same family called “malware,” which accounts for ‘malicious software’ or ‘malicious code.’ The main difference between malware and software is the intent behind designing it. The software usually has the intent of helping or problem-solving of customers. On the other hand, malware are created with a malicious intent of damaging, disrupting, damaging, stealing, or some illegitimate action.
The two main categories of malware are viruses and worms. The worms self replicate themselves and spread the copies of themselves. The virus encapsulates itself to an executable file in a system and will not be active until someone opens it. Thus they need the help of a host program to spread throughout the system.
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On the contrary, Worms spread into the system by themselves. They don’t need the help of any host program to spread itself. Worms use system vulnerability or social engineering skills to spread themselves.
Next on the list are Trojan horses. They appear harmless and legitimate at a first impression and are successful in entering the system. As soon as it gets activated, it multiplies itself multiple times, sending the user to an irritation wave. The more damaging trait of the Trojan horses is that they create backdoors to allow and furnish more malicious users in the system. They usually spread from the internet and an email attachment.
The last category of malware is ‘bot.’ Unlike bots in the current times, these malicious bots perform an automated process that interacts with all the other users. And yes, they are infected.
Finally, this threat can be Trojan horse, Password stealing virus, Banking malware or Spyware.
Should the IDP threat be taken seriously?
IDP threats can come in the form of false positive or an actual threat. In either case, it should not be taken lightly. As soon as you get some notification, you should be ready to take the necessary action in that direction. The majority of the time, the IDP comes as a false alarm. Still, it would be best if you cross-checked that first before ignoring it altogether.
However, if you come across this IDP issue, then you can take these steps. You can either use any good antivirus like Norton, Avast, or Quickheal to scan your PC or submit the file to virustotal.com . If virustotal.com detects it as an infected file, then scan your PC using any good and effective antivirus, as mentioned above. After that, update the virus vault of your antivirus manually and update the antivirus. In short, a whitelist that program which is not detected as malicious by Virus total. Similarly, the antivirus also has a blacklist, where you can add the programs which are to be blocked.
Causes of IDP Generic False Positive
In this section, we describe various causes of the Generic False Positive detection of this issue.
Using an outdated version of antivirus
If you use an old and outdated antivirus version, its virus definitions may not include the latest detections of the malware. Hence, using an updated antivirus is a very important step towards removing this problem.
Infected Disk Location
The program may have been into an infected folder of your drive or downloaded from an infected source. So, take care of that point and remove such infected folders.
Steps to remove a false positive IDP Generic
This section covers the actions you need to take to remove a false positive from your system.
Use a highly powerful Antivirus
The term highly powerful here means the antivirus, which has the latest updated definitions and can properly detect malware and false positives. We suggest you to use Avast, AVG, Norton or Quickheal antivirus for your system.
Update your Antivirus
This one is already in the above section, and it is an old school phenomenon. Updated antivirus versions are fully ready to combat the most deadly and latest malware programs. This step will always prove to be very good for you.
Update the JRE (Java Runtime Environment)
Updating the Java Runtime Environment can also solve the problem. Uninstall the old version of Java from the Control Panel using the following steps:
Step 1: Open the Control Panel.
Step 2: Right-click the Java program file and select the Uninstall option.
It will uninstall Java. Next, download Java again and install it like the wizard directs you. Installing the recent and latest version may solve your problem.
Step 3: Perform the scan with different antivirus. Sometimes the antivirus you are using is not capable of solving the problem. So it is better to use different antivirus. You can also choose antivirus of your PC or the option of an online scanner.
Use virus total
As explained in the sections earlier, virustotal.com comes to your rescue for figuring out which files and URLs are malicious or not. You can whitelist the good ones and blacklist the infected ones.
Update Adobe Flash Player
You may wonder how false-positive malware and adobe flash player are inter-related. Let us help you with that. This particular software has many security loopholes, which can be a soft target for many hackers. Updating it may save you from the false-positive IDP detection.
All most all of the users reported that the above solutions worked for them. You, too, give a try and let us know how it was. Avoid all the pop-up websites, suspicious URLs, suspicious email attachments, file hosts, and push up messages.
Remove the infected file from Task Manager running in the background
It may also happen that the infected file is not showing directly in the open tasks or processes. In that case, open your Task Bar, locate the infected file and finally remove that file from there.
How to avoid IDP Generic Altogether
We have seen the causes and the solutions to this notorious malware. However, you would have heard of a quote that ‘Prevention is better than cure‘. So, this section describes how can you avoid this issue in first place. The most basic thing you can do is download your files from the official site or a trustworthy source. Doing this single thing will ensure your PC to be malware free.
We have reached the final spot of this journey about the IDP issue. We have tried to cover the points like what exactly the issue is, its causes, and its solutions. IDP Generic is a commonly occurring problem, and you have to make sure that your system is equipped with the best of the antivirus. A single piece of advice we have for all is running regular PC health check scans for your computers. That will keep all the malicious files at bay.
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