Threat Description

Virus (Generic)


Aliases: Virus.generic.[variant], virus.gen.[variant]
Category: Malware
Type: Virus
Platform: W32


A program with virus-like characteristics or behavior.


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.


You may wish to refer to the Support Community for further assistance. You may also refer to General Removal Instructions for a general guide on alternative disinfection actions.

Technical Details

A virus is a malicious program that integrates its own code into a program or file (referred to as the host file) on a computer system, without the knowledge or consent of the user. Viruses spread by infecting other files on a system each time an infected one is run; in extreme cases, after multiple affected files are run, all susceptible files on a system may be infected.

A virus that is identified by a detection using the format 'virus.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.

Description Created: 2009-09-25 10:06:06.0

Description Last Modified: 2010-06-16 06:50:36.0


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