A file that appears to have worm-like features or behavior.
Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.
A worm is a standalone malicious program which uses computer or network resources to make complete copies of itself. It may include code or other malware to damage both the system and the network.
This type of parasitic program is capable of replicating by sending copies of itself to new hosts (computers, servers, mobile devices, etc) over a network and other transferable media. There are numerous worm sub-types, which are defined by the platform or medium in which they propagate.
A worm that is identified by a detection using the format 'worm.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.