Many antivirus products use an antivirus tag to identify the type of threat. While some virus tags have a rare chance of being a false positive, many are known to blacklist genuine programs or files. This is the case with IDP.generic virus tag and people want to know whether or not it is a false flag.
What is IDP.generic virus
In this article, we will discuss the meaning of the IDP.generic virus tag and how to check if it is authentic.
What is the IDP.generic virus tag?
The IDP.generic virus tag is a type of heuristic detection which means that the antivirus has detected unusual behavior with many files in the system. In the case of IDP.generic, the virus found is believed to be data-stealing malware. However, this tag is well known for false positives. It is therefore important to identify whether the file marked with the IDP.generic tag is safe or not.
- Use VirusTotal to check the file
- Scan your system with another antivirus
- Use a file unlocker
To identify the security of a file tagged with the IDP.generic virus tag, try the following methods:
1]Use VirusTotal to check the file
Virustotal is a great free tool for verifying the authenticity of any website or file. To check if the file marked with the IDP.generic tag in your system is a false positive (or not), right click on the file in the quarantine section of your antivirus software and select the option to open the file location.
Download the problematic file in question.
Let VirusTotal check the file and report whether it is safe or not.
2]Scan your system with another antivirus
Sometimes, some antivirus software is overprotective. In such a case, you can use another antivirus suite to search for a false flag.
You can also consider the free Windows Defender software to recheck the file.
You can also use these free standalone antivirus scanners or free antivirus software.
3]Use a file unlocker
If the file is locked, you will not be able to delete it directly. In this case, you can use the Free File Unlocker tool. This tool will help you unlock and then delete the file from your system.
I hope this will help you solve your problem.
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