Users face the problem of IDP Generic infection warning even when accessing some legitimate programs. So is it really a virus or just a fake warning? We found this to be a bug in AVG and Avast antivirus programs.
Avast and AVG recognize this as a flaw in identity protection. IDP stands for Identity Protection. There is no specific type of program for which the warning is displayed. But users have problems with legitimate software.
What is the cause of the IDP Generic error on Windows PC?
There are several reasons why idp generic warnings appear, but the most common one is outdated AVG or Avast antivirus software, which marks harmless programs as malicious. Another possible cause is outdated Java software.
If you get this warning, make sure that you have updated your antivirus software to the latest version. Both Avast and AVG have received updates that fix this problem, but if you haven’t updated them, you may still get the warning.
How to troubleshoot the IDP Generic problem on a Windows computer?
Restore the file detected in error
- Run your antivirus program. The following instructions apply to Avast Antivirus.
- Click on the Protection tab in the left pane, then click on Virus Chest.
- The screen will fill with all the files detected by the program.
- To restore a file, click on the three dots in the right corner of the file and select Restore and Add Exception.
Adding programs to the whitelist and exclusion list
- Open the antivirus program and click the Menu icon.
- Under Options, open Settings.
- On the General tab, open the Exceptions tab.
- To add a file to the whitelist, click Add Exception.
- You can add specific files, folders, or websites that should be excluded from virus protection.
- To add a file, click Browse, select the program/game you want to exclude by checking the checkbox in the folder field, and then click OK.
Updating the virus definition
- To update the antivirus scanner, launch the application.
- Then click the Menu button in the upper right corner.
- Click Settings, then click the General tab.
- Open the Update tab in the left pane. Click Check for updates.
- Avast will check for pending updates and install them.
- After installation, restart your computer and check if the antivirus detects the file in your Virus Vault again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Generic IDP means that the recognition was performed by the Identity Awareness component of your antivirus program and that it is a generic file that has been recognized. Your files are flagged if the file does something identical to the malware that is causing the flagging.
IDP Generic is a potential threat to your system detected by your Anti-Virus program's IDP (Identity Detection Protection) feature. This feature is designed to protect your computer from viruses, malicious programs, and Trojan horses that can steal your personal information and data.
IDP stands for Identity Protection and means that a threat has been detected in a standard file. If your antivirus program gives a generic IDP notification, this may be a false alarm, which means you should update your software and add the marked file to the whitelist.