Threat Description

Worm (Generic)


Aliases: Worm (Generic), Worm.Generic, Gen:win32.networkworm
Category: Malware
Type: Worm
Platform: W32


A Generic Detection of a file that appears to have worm-like features or behavior.


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Technical Details

A detection name that uses the format "worm.generic.[variant]" is a Generic Detection that identifies files with worm-like characteristics or behavior.

About Worms

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.

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 the Generic Detection description.


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