A program with virus-like characteristics or behavior.
Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.
A virus is a malicious program that integrates its own code into a program or file (referred to as the host file) on a computer system, without the knowledge or consent of the user. Viruses spread by infecting other files on a system each time an infected one is run; in extreme cases, after multiple affected files are run, all susceptible files on a system may be infected.
A virus that is identified by a detection using the format 'virus.gen.[variant]' indicates that the program was identified by a Generic Detection. 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.