Many antivirus products use a virus 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. Such is the case with the 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 verify if it is genuine.
What is the IDP.generic virus tag?
The IDP.generic virus tag is a type of heuristic detection which means that the antivirus detected unusual behavior with many files in the system. In the case of IDP.generic, the virus found is supposed to be a data-stealing malware. However, this tag is well known for false positives. This makes it important to identify whether or not the file marked with the IDP.generic tag is safe or not.
- Use VirusTotal to check the file
- Scan your system with a different antivirus
- Use a file unlocker tool
To identify the safety of a file marked with the IDP.generic virus tag, try the following methods:
1] Use VirusTotal to check the file
Virustotal is an excellent free tool to check 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’s location.
Upload the problematic file in question.
Let VirusTotal check the file and report whether the file is safe or not.
2] Scan your system with a different antivirus
At times some antivirus software products are overprotective. In such a case, you can use a different antivirus suite to check for a false flag.
You can also consider the free Windows Defender software for double-checking the file.
Alternatively, you could use these free standalone antivirus scanners or free antivirus software products.
3] Use a file unlocker tool
In case the file is locked, you won’t be able to delete it directly. In this case, you can use the Free File Unlocker tool. This tool will help you unlock and later delete the file from your system.
I hope this helps in resolving your concern.
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