We have all been in a situation where we are not sure what is happening with our computer and nothing we try seems to fix the problem. Those random crashed, system slowing down, and all other things that will tick you off while you are working on something important.
Well, it is all a headache if you are not so well versed with the computer and its programs. In most cases, the problem will be because of something called the IDP.Generic. Not many users can find it, in some cases, even antivirus software cannot recognize this file.
So it is safe to say it a needle in a haystack and unless you find it, it will prick you at one point or the other.
What is an IDP.Generic?
IDP or identity protection is a virus that the other person steals your info like your bank statements, emails, passwords, and whatnots. The problem comes when you try to identify the virus file and remove it. The file is mostly saved under the name with a .exe extension.
This way you may not be able to identify the virus and it will fly right under the radar. Sometimes, the file might also be saved under a system file so it is a risky job to delete these files even if you identify them.
Because of such conditions, it is commonly known as the trojan. It gets into your computer and works on the things that it’s meant to be. In most cases, it is to access personal information that is valuable in many ways. On the other hand l, such viruses can also be used to crack software that you use and use them for their benefits.
The virus also gives you trouble by downloading third-party software without your knowledge that can hard your computer. You may also find lag or the slowing down of your computer or your program gets interrupted midway and crashed. All this is due to the virus that has been implanted on to your computer.
There is more than one way to identify this problem and remove the virus that is causing this trouble. Here is how you do it.
How to identify IDP.Generic virus?
Traditionally there are two major routes by which you can find this virus in your computer. One is the manual way where you will have to check all the program files in your computer and identify them.
You can do this by looking at the names of all the files along with their extension and find the one that is most suspicious. Here are some common file extensions that you might want to look at if you wish to do it manually.
- Win32:OnLineGames-AB [Trj]
- Win32: Malware-gen
These are some of the most common IDP.Generic virus that you might find on your computer and this is by no means the full of it. There are countless other files with various names that fall under the same category.
You can also find this virus using a security application that you have installed on your computer. Any anti-virus should be able to identify such IDP.Generic virus and help you remove them without any hassle.
One thing to keep in mind while using software is that the software may not be able to identify these virus files in some rare cases. This is due to the fact that all these IDP.Generic files are stored under a program name and the anti-virus may take it to be a system file.
On the other hand, you are in a position where the anti-virus software will pin a regular system file to be an IDP.Generic file. By doing so, the computer will force close these programs so as to protect your system from experiencing any external threats.
When such a condition occurs it is known as false positive where a positive file is wrongly accused to be a false virus file. No matter the case, if your system is experiencing
- lag while the program is running,
- random resource usage,
- frequent BSoDs,
- increased network usage,
- crashing problem,
- shows up ads that you are in no way connected
it is advisable to check the system manually for such virus files and remove them to be safe.
How to remove the IDP.Generic file from your computer?
Removing these files manually is no easy job and it requires a complete understanding of the various program files that a system uses. So it is always good to have a professional do it for you or you will have to learn all the basics if you wish to do it by yourself.
For Windows 10 users.
Step 1: Download the Autoruns application on your computer but do not install it.
Step 2: Go to the task manager option and look through all the programs for suspicious or threat files.
Step 3: Open the windows tab to select the power icon. Once you are in the power icon select the restart option while holding shift (shift+Restart). When you do this it prompts you to choose between three options: continue, troubleshoot and turn off the computer.
Select the Troubleshoot option and then select the Advanced tab. While you are in the advanced options click on the Startup setting and select the Restart option. While the system is starting up click and hold on to the F5 button and let it boot.
Step 4: In this menu, you are to choose, Enable safe mode with networking.
Step 5: once the system boots up install the Autoruns program and run it.
Step 6: Deselect the Hide empty locations and Hide windows entries under the Options tab in Autoruns. Click on refresh.
Step 7: Once the program runs you will be able to identify and locate the virus file in your computer. Note the name and the location of it.
Step 8: Go to the location and virus file and remove it by right-clicking and it and then select Delete.
Step 9: Once the file is deleted search for the file and in your computer and see if it pops up. If so, delete that file too.
Step 10: Restart the computer normally and you are good to go.
The other option is to use an antivirus or anti-malware software which will identify and remove this problem for you. But that might not be 100% efficient as the security software may take the virus file to be a safe file and a program file to be a virus file.
What are the most common programs that help avoid the IDP.Generic virus attack?
All though there are multiple software programs that might help solve this issue this is a few that are known for this.
AVG and AVAST are the two most common software that helps to remove these virus files from your computer in the most effective way.
How to avoid this virus from infecting your computer?
Avoiding such viruses is easier than identifying and removing them. So here is how you do it.
Update your antivirus
As mentioned before, there will be times when you will have a warning pop-up from an authorized software and that is a false positive. Under such conditions, it’s best to update the antivirus software that you are using just to be sure. This way you don’t have to remove that program and reinstall it all over again.
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Scan with multiple software
When you are trying to identify the virus and nothing pops up we tend to leave it as a false positive. But that might not be the case, so it’s safe to check with multiple software as one or the other is bound to pick up on the corrupted file or the virus file.
Avoid 3rd party software providers
One of the major gateways for these IDP.Generic Virus is through software programs you download from untrusted or 3rd party platforms. This software may not be completely safe and you risk infecting the computer.
Avoid crack software programs
Like 3rd party providers crack software also has no authenticity and the possibilities of it carrying a virus file is high. Not just IDP.Generic but a variety of viruses that might cause a great deal of loss to you and your computer. So it’s better to steer away from such software and stick to the legit one’s.
IDP.Generic virus is so common that it is impossible for you not to come across it at least once. All you can do is be cautious and not let it infect your computer too much. Not just for this but virus, but it is always good to have your system updated and keep it under virus protection at all times.
If you are doing it manually by yourself it is advisable to take a back up of all the essential programs that you might need before you delete the infected program file.
But by all means, it is right that you give it to a professional who knows what they are doing. This will help you avoid a situation where you might make the problem bigger by deleting some important system file and crash the entire system.