Worrying about your computer’s safety is the right thing to do in a time when the cyber-security threat risk levels are at an all-time high.
With that said, those sharing the same mindset will most likely raise the alarm for every supposedly-harmful file found and reported by their antivirus software.
In the guide below, we’ll talk about a file called IDP.Generic, which quite a few users reported seeing on their systems, not knowing where it came from, or more importantly, what it really is.
Is IDP.Generic a threat in disguise? Or is it just another harmless, false-threat flagged by modern antivirus programs?
Let’s get started!
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What Is IDP.Generic?
IDP stands for Identity Detection Protection, and it’s a part of most modern antiviruses, which is responsible for detecting suspicious activity by an app or program installed on your system.
The IDP concept is responsible for taking care of trojans, viruses, and malware that may steal your personal data and information, and although it can sometimes do a good job, it often results in something called a false positive in the cyber-security space.
But, what does this have to do with the IDP.Generic threat? – You’re probably asking.
Well, when your antivirus detects something and portraits it as IDP.Generic, it means the threat was detected by the Identity Detection Protection system, but the software can’t pinpoint the exact file.
This is why a lot of users often report that their antivirus software prevented them from launching a game, and shortly after received a “threat blocked” pop-up saying IDP.Generic was found. This happens because the antivirus likely detected a file in the game directory, but cannot specify which one it is, so it prevents the user from starting the game altogether.
The image below showcases an IDP.Generic threat report from an antivirus software.
So, when this happens, and you are unable to launch the game you want to play or a software you might need for work, there are a few things you can do to solve the problem.
Check the next section where we’ll be covering all possible options.
How To Solve The IDP.Generic File Problem
Now that your antivirus blocked access to a certain game, app, or program of any type, you are left with a problem on your hands and an important decision to make.
Should you ignore the alarm and allow this file through the antivirus protection layer, or delete it along with the directory in which it is located?
Well, here’s where it gets really interesting.
Based on what many users, developers, and some customer-support officials had to say about this problem, the IDP.Generic threat pop-up is often a false alarm, and, this applies to many antivirus programs, not just one.
So, the main decision you need to make is whether to trust this file or not, as this is what’s going to determine what your options are.
For example, one Reddit user reported seeing such notification from their AVG software, an antivirus known for its multi-year reliability and trustworthiness, after downloading a game from the official Xbox Games store.
Games listed on heavily-moderated platforms such as Steam, Epic Store, and Xbox Store are always safe to download and never infected by a virus, yet this user’s antivirus is alarming about potential danger and taking action immediately.
As a result of this, the user was unable to launch their freshly-purchased title.
There are many other similar threads from users asking for opinions on the same subject about the same problem.
Multiple users replied that it is a false positive, and that turned out to be the truth.
So, to “fix” the IDP.Generic problem you can either decide to keep the file if you trust the source, or allow the antivirus to quarantine it, making the app or game you were trying to launch unusable.
If the antivirus already took action by itself, you’ll need to delete the threat from the list of quarantined files, but the steps for this process will vary based on the software.
Luckily, there’s a way to check whether the file is secure or known to be a virus. You can do this on VirusTotal where you can upload a file that’s suspicious to you, and see if it’s safe or not.
The way this website works is by scanning the file and then comparing it with other flagged files across multiple antivirus databases, then coming up with a result. The result is then automatically shared with the security community.
By using this method, you can be absolutely sure the file is safe before allowing it through the antivirus protection layer or removing it from the list of quarantined items.
How Did IDP.Generic End Up On My System?
If you believe that your antivirus software is right and the file detected is indeed a harmful one, then you’re probably wondering how this type of file ended up on your system.
Well, because your antivirus can put out a false positive even for apps and software downloaded from official sources, any download can be the reason this type of file is on your system.
However, downloading files from unofficial and unsecure sources comes with the highest risk of seeing the IDP.Generic threat notification from your antivirus software.
In short, avoid downloading pirated content or torrenting, as those files will always be flagged by your antivirus as untrusted and unsafe.
With that said, you now know what IDP.Generic is, and whether you should panic about it or not. As stated in the guide above, the majority of the time, IDP.Generic is just a false positive from your antivirus, but always ensure this is the case before deciding to allow the files through your protection layers.
Some antivirus programs are “harsher” than others, meaning there are higher chances of seeing such a threat report if you use one of them.
This is why we recommend not having a third-party antivirus installed if you are a Windows 10 user, as the Windows Security system is more than enough protection for your everyday PC use, and almost always happens to have the most up-to-date threat database.