WHAT IS IDP.GENERIC VIRUS WARNING?
Computer users receive the IDP.generic infection and virus warning when they use the AVG or Avast anit-viruses. This IDP.generic virus warning indicates a malware attachk as the AVG or Avast software comes up with the following message –
One of your programs is behaving strangely, which could be a sign of Malware. Path: C:\Windows\System\cmd.exe; Infection: IDP.Generic.
This warning means that the infection has been detected by some form of identity protection detection component. Or we can say a generic file has been detected. It may represent a false positive as well that could have happened due to some outdated definitions.
These infections can be easily corrected with some preventive measures. Here in this article we are going to tell some possible fixes to correct the error “IDP.Generic” warning.
HOW TO FIX AND CLEAR THE ‘IDP.GENERIC’ WARNING?
1. UPDATE AVG OR AVAST ANTIVIRUS
The IDP.Generic is a common issue in Anti-Virus programs like AVG and Avast. A simple way to solve this issue is updating your AVG or Avast antivirus software to the latest version. You can update your AVG or Avast antivirus software to the latest version by following the simple steps mentioned below.
- Firstly open your AVG/Avast antivirus software. Now in the menu bar open the tab settings.
- In the settings tab, you will find an option called ‘Update’. You can update both the virus definition as well as the program.
- Now after the update, you need to restart your computer to check whether the problem has been fixed or not.
2. CHANGE YOUR ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM
If the problem persists even after updating the AVG and Avast anti-virus, you can discontinue using these particular antivirus programs and shift to other Anti-Virus programs such as Norton, QuickHeal, Kaspersky, and MalwareBytes.
3. FALSE POSITIVE?
The IDP.Generic generally implies a false positive in several conditions. Some people had used the VirusTotal program to see the problem by scanning all of the associated HashCheck’s files, but none of the AVG software flagged the issues –not even the Avast antivirus software. To do so, you can simply follow the steps mentioned below.
- Try to update your Anti-Virus in case you are using an older version.
- Now, re-install the HashCheck.
- Or alternatively, you can think of temporarily disabling the Avast software.
4. TRY VIRUSTOTAL
Another solution to this problem is to install and use the VirusTotal software. This software helps in analyzing suspicious URLs and other suspicious files. VirusTotal also facilitates detection of Viruses, Trojans, Worms, and all different kinds of malware programs that are not detected by the antivirus engines.
After you have successfully installed the VirusTotal software on your system, just follow the steps mentioned below.
- Select the browse option and look up for the following address – C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
- Now hit the option button
- Now, you need to select the option called ‘Send File’ located at the bottom of the page of VirusTotal
- Now, you can complete the scanning process
NOTE – In case you a message saying that the files have already been submitted, then click on the option called ‘reanalyze’.
5. UPDATE JAVA
Another major reason for the IDP.Generic warning could be that the Java run-time installed in your PC is out of date. Older versions of programs tend to have vulnerabilities that malware programs or software infections could make use of to infect the overall system.
You must follow the steps mentioned below to update the older version of Java components installed on your system –
- First of all, download the latest version that is Java Runtime Environment 7 Update 5 and save it on your desktop.
- Now open the ‘JAVA SE 7 Update 5’ and select “Download JRE”.
- Now download “Download JRE”.
- Now, go to add or remove programs option in the control panel. From over there, remove the older versions of Java.
- You need to reboot your computer system after all the Java components have been removed completely.
If you want additional protection, you can install Malwarebytes Anti Malware software –an on-demand scanner that will check your entire system for the presence of any malware programs.