A lot of Windows users have encountered IDP.Generic infection alert from their antivirus, mostly Avast and AVG. Although the name is ‘generic’ the problem is not so simple to start with. There is a chance that the PC has really been affected, but also it could be a false positive. In this article, we will be clarifying everything related to the alert.
What Is IDP.Generic Avast Virus
Every antivirus has a list of files and programs which are malicious. When it sees anything potentially similar or related to those malicious files it flags those files and programs. So when anything is flagged as IDP.generic it means your antivirus flagged that as a potential threat.
Most of the time these files will be in your downloaded folder, game files or program files. If any files get flagged that will not be accessible by you or if it is a game file, the game will not run properly. But interestingly, most of these flagged files by Avast Antivirus is a false positive. Which means the file is safe to use, but for some reason, the antivirus checked it as a threat.
IDP.Generic – Should You Ignore or Not
Even though there is a chance of being a false positive, it is never a good idea to ignore the issue altogether until you absolutely trust the source. Because, if the file is really infected it can cause serious damage to your important files and folders, or snatch details about your personal data and credit card information.
There are many online solutions, like VirusTotal where you can upload that single file to double-check the vulnerability. You should check multiple websites to check the issue and if all of them show them as safe you can use that file or program without any hesitation. Otherwise, delete the file immediately.
False Positive – Reason
There can be multiple reasons for a file to get IDP.Generic flag while being a false positive. To start with not every antivirus treat the files the same way. You can download multiple antivirus programs like Kaspersky or Bitdefender to check the results. Both of these programs have a free version where you can run a full PC scan. If that file passes on those antivirus programs, you can report it to Avast. If a large number of people marks a file as false positive, Avast will add the file to its safe directory and will not report it further.
On the other hand, if your antivirus program is outdated it can flag files with false positives. So it is always suggested to update Avast antivirus frequently. By doing that there will be a lesser chance of this kind of issues. Also, the updated antivirus will be able to catch real threats with greater accuracy. After updating the antivirus you should check again if the file is still flagged.
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False Positive IDP.Generic – Fix
If you have already tried multiple resources and are 100% sure about the safety of your computer you will have to unlock the file from the antivirus to use it again. To do that please follow along with the below instructions.
- Press Start and Open Avast Antivirus from the list.
- Click on the ‘Protection’ icon on the sidebar.
- Click on the ‘Virus Chest’ menu.
- Locate the false positive file and right-click on it.
- Select ‘Restore and add to exclusion’.
By doing that Avast will not restore the file and it will be ready to use. If you are using any other antivirus, like AVG the restoration process might differ a bit.
Hopefully the article helped you to clear out any complications about IDP.Generic flagged files. Please remember to do all of these steps mentioned above before adding that to the whitelist of your antivirus, otherwise, your computer might be in risk.