Terminology

An A-Z guide to the technical terms used in digital security

Generic Detection

A type of detection used by antivirus programs to identify programs with malicious characteristics.

Unlike more traditional detections (also known as signature-based 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.

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A term commonly used in digital security to refer to 'malicious software'

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