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Generic Detection

Classification

Category: Malware

Type: Other

Aliases: Generic.malware.[variant], Generic.[variant], gen:win32.malware.[variant], Gen:variant.

Summary


A generic detection has identified a program or file that has features or behaviors similar to known harmful programs, such as trojans, backdoors or exploits.

Generic detections are broad patterns of code or behavior that are used by security software to identify programs or files. If you suspect the detected file has been incorrectly identified, go to: Removal: Handling a False Positive.

Removal


Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either automatically delete, quarantine or rename the detected program or file, or ask you for a desired action.

Resolve a False Positive

Security programs will sometimes unintentionally identify a clean program or file as malicious if its code or behavior is similar to a known harmful program or file. This is known as a False Positive. In most cases, a False Positive is fixed in a subsequent database release. If you suspect the detected file is a False Positive, you can:

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Technical Details


Detections are recognizable patterns of code or behavior that are used by security software to identify files or programs. Generic detections are broad patterns of code or behavior that are used by security software to identify files or programs with suspicious or harmful code or actions.

When the security program runs a scan, it compares all the files on the device against a database of detections. If any of the files being scanned matches a detection, it is flagged for further attention.

The name of the generic detection will usually indicate the reason why the program or file was flagged:

The program or file performed, or can perform, harmful actions.

Examples of generic detections that do this include:

  • Trojan:W32/Generic.54d3666c93!Online
  • Gen:Variant.Graftor.461736
  • Trojan.GenericKD.12755618
  • Gen:Trojan.Heur.LP.gmCaaioO@Jm1

    The program or file has code that is very similar to known harmful programs.

    Examples of generic detections that do this include:

Once a program or file is flagged, the security program will usually take action, either as a precaution or to handle the file directly. The specific action taken depends on the type of file, and the settings of your security program. For example, a trojan may be deleted while a monitoring-tool may be blocked.

If you suspect the detected file has been incorrectly identified, go to: Removal: Resolve a False Positive.