Threat Description

Virus (Generic)


Aliases: Virus (Generic), Virus.Generic, virus.gen.[variant]
Category: Malware
Type: Virus
Platform: W32


A Generic Detection of a program with virus-like characteristics or behavior.


Automatic Disinfection

Allow F-Secure Anti-Virus to disinfect the relevant files.

For more general information on disinfection, please see Removal Instructions.

Technical Details

A program that is identified by a detection using the format 'virus.gen.[variant]' indicates that the program was identified by a Generic Detection which looks for software with virus-like characteristics or behavior.

About Viruses

A virus is a parasitic program that secretly and maliciously integrates itself into program or data files. It spreads by integrating itself into more files each time the host program is run.

About Generic Detections

Unlike more traditional detections (also known as signatures or single-file detections) a Generic Detection does not identify a unique or individual malicious program. Instead, a Generic Detection looks for broadly applicable code or behavior characteristics that indicate a file as potentially malicious, so that a single Generic Detection can efficiently identify dozens, or even hundreds of malware.

For more information about Generic Detections, see the Generic Detection description.


Suspect a file or URL was wrongly detected? Submit a sample to our Labs for analysis

Submit Now

Give And Get Advice

Give advice. Get advice. Share the knowledge on our free discussion forum.

Learn More