A program with features or behaviors indicative of known malicious threats, such as trojans, worms or viruses.
Once detected, the F-Secure security product will either automatically disinfect the suspect file or the user will be prompted to select a desired action. For more information, see: Support Community article: Automatic actions for viruses also used for suspicious items .
A program identified by Generic Detection appears to have characteristics that resemble known malware. This may indicate the presence of a malware infection on the system, or that the suspect file itself is malicious.
Generic Detections are a type of detection used by antivirus programs to identify files with malicious characteristics.Unlike single-file detections which identify unique files, a Generic Detection looks for broadly applicable code or behavior characteristics to evaluate a file's potential for causing harm; a single Generic Detection can therefore efficiently identify dozens, or even hundreds of malware.
Generic Detections can be used to identify particular types of malware, based on general physical or behavioral characteristics:
In this case, the Generic Detection identifies threats based on their actions. Alternatively, a Generic Detection can be used to identify specific groups of malware (or families) based on similarities in their code: