In the world of technology, there are bound to have some errors, IDP. Generic is an error that is shown by your antivirus when detecting a virus in the files. Due to its nature, it’s hard to tell if the virus is genuine or a false alarm. Further, this error isn’t limited to a particular file; it can show for a wide variety of files.
While many users won’t have to come across this error, the remaining few who do face this problem could be from the use of python files, or folders. It is also occasionally seen by Steam users and also with some programs. Usually, in these cases, when the programs or files are opened, a chain reaction is set in motion downloading malicious files.
Viruses can enter into your system or PC by any medium, and hackers make use of spam emails, where if opened through the attachments they can easily breach into your system. While cybercriminals camouflage malicious files into normal files, by way of changing the name of the file; hence, they can enter the system without getting detected by your antivirus. It is noted that most of the Avast antivirus users come across the IDP Generic error, where they can prompt when the user is playing games or through other programs.
Mostly when users face this error, there is uncertainty whether it’s a false alarm or a real problem, whereas if the antivirus detects a software as the problem it will immediately stop the running of software. In confusing times, the user can run a full scan on their programs, and also updating the antivirus can fix the false error.
IDP Generic- What is it & Steps to remove it?
Is IDP Generic a Trojan?
Trojan, by general definition, is any malware that hides its true intent by misleading the users. IDP Generic infection is presented mostly to the Avast or AVG antivirus users; they get warnings of a virus which indicates the presence or attack from malware. The error is triggered due to the detection of some malware, where IDP Generic infection is usually detected by the Identify Protection component. It is often found in generic files.
Many times it is a false alarm, but still, a chance of it being a real malware exists. In most cases, it is seen that the error is a false positive, although it can also be due to a Trojan. It is solvable with the use of some measures.
If the problem is a temporary folder, then deleting the folder could solve the problem; if it is a false positive, updating the antivirus can be the solution; in some cases, exe programs may also prompt the warning. Even after all this, if the problem persists, then it could be a real infection that can further slow the operations of devices, increase spam messages , crash the programs, etc.
Should you ignore IDP Generic infection?
Any problem cannot be ignored, as in the future it might cause some significant damages. Even if the probability of it being a false alarm is more, ignoring it may not be an ideal decision. Therefore, before choosing to remove the error, always confirm if it’s genuine malware or not.
The error can also be due to downloading software from unprotected sites. To solve the IDP Generic problem, there are mainly two options you can make use of:
Download a different antivirus
Detect the files at virustotal.com
If the files detected in the virus total are malicious, there’s a need for scanning the whole PC with antivirus. If it is a false positive, then you can white list the particular file and go for updating the antivirus.
What is the reason for IDP? Generic false positive?
Generally, the problem is because of the old version of the antivirus. Thus, if updating the antivirus doesn’t provide a solution, then you have to look for the folder that is showing the error and delete the folder.
How to remove the False Positive
In case, you are unable to detect the false positive you can try updating Adobe Flash player. It is the easiest target for hackers, as the software contains several security holes that are easy to breach. Also using Flash Player’s name, some scam sites ask to install disguised malicious updates. After the detection of the false positive, you can take the following steps:
Method 1: Update Antivirus
For an easy fix, you can try updating the antivirus as said before, and if it is a bug, the antivirus in its newt update will fix it. Accordingly, you should update the antivirus as well as program definitions.
For this, to avoid the antivirus blocking the file remove it from the vault and try updating the antivirus. Afterwards, reinstall ‘hash check.’ Otherwise, you can also try disabling the antivirus.
Method 2: Updating the JAVA Runtime Environment
A quick update of Java can also fix the issue. For this, you will have to uninstall Java’s old version by going to the control panel, follow the steps:
Step 1: Open Control Panel
Step 2: Go to the Java program right-click and select
Now you have successfully uninstalled the Java program. Further, you can download Java again and proceed as per the setup directions. This will install the new version of the Java program.
Step 3: Using a different antivirus for scanning can also solve the issue for reasons that the antivirus already in your system is not able to fix the problem. Or else, you also have the option of using an online scanner.
Method 3: Use of Virus Total for detection
Virus Total can help in the detection of viruses like Trojan, worms, along with other malware. Hence, you can install a virus total and scan your PC.
IDP Generic is not a serious issue and can be solved by the use of simple methods. These days people often browse the internet without a care, and this leads to some applications using files without the user’s consent. Hackers use these to penetrate the system.
Care should also be taken while using unknown sites, as it may have files attached which hackers exploit to cause damage to your PC. Trojan infections are tricky in the sense that if installed, they can download more malware. The IDP Generic Trojan requires advanced knowledge of computers and is a tedious process.
But as with a high probability that it’s a false alarm, we suggest running a scan and doing a double check before going for any solutions. Removing the file, program, or folder is the best way to avoid damage from the real malware. We advise you to beware of popups, push up messages, free file hosting, etc.