IDP.Generic Removal [Explained]
What is IDP.Generic
IDP.Generic is a detection name used by certain anti-virus programs like Avast to detect files that exhibit potentially malicious behaviour. While not strictly an Avast detection, it’s usually most common with said anti-virus. Numerous users have reported that seemingly random files are detected as IDP.Generic, and the notification is constantly popping up. IDP stands for Identity Protection, and an IDP.Generic detection means that the detected file does something that resembles malware behaviour. In most cases, IDP.Generic is a false positive, meaning your anti-virus is detecting something by mistake.
Users have reported that it’s often various gaming files that are being detected, some have even reported that Spotify files are classified as IDP.Generic. In most cases, it’s obvious that the detection is a false positive. However, even if it seems obvious, do not immediately disregard it as such. There’s always a possibility that you are actually dealing with some kind of malware. It’s not uncommon for malware to be disguised as legitimate files. For example, malware could be disguised as SpotifyWebHelper.exe, which is the name of the legitimate executable file that belongs to music streaming platform Spotify. If malware is disguised as said legitimate file and your anti-virus software detects it, you may see a familiar, legitimate looking name and immediately think it’s a false positive. You not taking further action could allow the malware to stay present for a long time, permitting the malware to perform its malicious activities.
Should you remove IDP.Generic?
Generally, your anti-virus detecting a legitimate file as IDP.Generic is nothing to be concerned about. However, while the possibility is very slim, there still is a chance you are dealing with a legitimate malware infection. Thus, we would suggest you do not immediately disregard IDP.Generic as a false positive. Scan your computer with a different but equally reliable anti-virus software, or upload the detected file to VirusTotal to see if any anti-virus programs detect it as potentially malicious. If neither anti-virus nor VirusTotal indicate that there is an infection, IDP.Generic is most likely a false positive.
False positives happen all the time, and anti-virus programs usually resolve the issues with an update. While they are likely aware of it already, you should still fill in the “Report a false positive” form to let Avast know.
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How to remove IDP.Generic
- Automatic IDP.Generic removal
- How to manually delete IDP.Generic from Windows
- Delete IDP.Generic from your Mac OS manually
- How to uninstall IDP.Generic from your Internet browser
- Delete IDP.Generic from Internet Explorer
- Delete IDP.Generic from Google Chrome
- Uninstall IDP.Generic from Mozilla Firefox
- IDP.Generic deletion from Safari
- IDP.Generic deletion from Microsoft Edge
Automatic IDP.Generic removal
It is a good idea to use malware removal software such as anti-spyware to remove IDP.Generic because that would be easiest. IDP.Generic should be uninstalled by anti-spyware easily because they are created to deal with these kinds of infections. To uninstall IDP.Generic, you need to download the program and scan your device. However, you can remove IDP.Generic manually, and you will find instructions below.
How to manually delete IDP.Generic from Windows
- Start – Settings – Control Panel.
- Click on Add or Remove Programs.
- Uninstall IDP.Generic.
- Look through the applications you have installed, and delete anything else suspicious.
- Click Start (the windows logo) or press the windows key – Control Panel.
- Access Programs and Features – Uninstall a program.
- Delete IDP.Generic.
- Check the programs you have installed, and uninstall anything else you don’t recognise.
- Right-click on Start – Programs and Features.
- Locate IDP.Generic and delete it.
- You ought to also do the same with all additional applications you don’t recognise.
Delete IDP.Generic from your Mac OS manually
Removing IDP.Generic from your Mac is very simple. But uninstalling the program will not be enough, any related files will need to be removed.
- Finder – Applications.
- In Applications, locate IDP.Generic and put it into the trash or right-click on the program and click Move to Trash.
- Look through all applications installed on your device for anything else that looks suspicious and drag them into trash.
- If you press Go on the menu bar, you will see Go to Folder, press that.
- Type /Library/LaunchAgents, and if any recently-added files look questionable, drag them to the trash.
- Open Go to Folder again, and type /Library/Application Support. Put to the trash any questionable and recently-added files.
- Open Go to Folder again, and type ~/Library/LaunchAgents. If you notice any suspicious and recently added files, trash them.
- Return to Go to Folder, and type /Library/LaunchDaemons. Drag all dubious files to the trash.
- Right-click on the trash icon and press Empty Trash.
How to uninstall IDP.Generic from your Internet browser
Delete IDP.Generic from Internet Explorer
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Open the menu (the gear icon top-right corner), and choose Manage Add-ons.
- Delete IDP.Generic and any other unknown extension by selecting them and pressing Remove.
- Open Internet Options via browser menu (the gear icon).
- If you open the General tab, you’ll be able to change your homepage to a web page of your preference.
- Open Manage Add-ons by opening the browser menu (the gear icon) and pressing Manage Add-ons.
- Click Search Providers (from the left side menu, set the search engine to your preferred one after you delete the one IDP.Generic set as the default.
If IDP.Generic is still giving you problems, it’ll be necessary to restore your browser’s settings to default.
- If your computer is running Windows XP, Start – Run, type inetcpl.cpl, open Advanced and click Reset.
- For users using devices running Windows Vista/7, click the windows logo, type in inetcpl.cpl in the search box and click Enter. Access the Advanced tab and press Reset.
- For Windows 8/10 users, launch Internet Explorer, gear icon – Internet Options – Advanced tab – Reset. Click Reset again to confirm.
Delete IDP.Generic from Google Chrome
- Open Google Chrome.
- Menu (the three dots) – More tools – Extensions.
- Find all unfamiliar extensions, as well as IDP.Generic, and delete them.
- Open Settings through the menu (the three dots top right-corner).
- In the On startup section, set your preferred homepage instead of the one set by IDP.Generic.
- Proceed to Search engine from the menu on the left, then Manage search engines, modify your search engine.
You will need to reset your browser’s settings if you’re still having problems with IDP.Generic.
- Open Google Chrome, menu (the three dots) – Settings.
- Scroll down, press on Advanced and scroll down to the Reset section.
- Press on Reset and confirm your choice in the new window.
Uninstall IDP.Generic from Mozilla Firefox
- Launch Mozilla Firefox.
- Open the menu (the three bars on the top-right corner), and then click on Add-ons.
- Open Extensions, identify all unfamiliar extensions, as well as IDP.Generic, and delete them.
- Access Preferences via the menu (the three dots).
- Access the Home tab, you’ll see that IDP.Generic set a strange page as your homepage, set it to one of your preference.
- Proceed to the Search tab from the menu tab on the left, remove the search engine set by IDP.Generic and set it to something of your choice.
In case you’re still struggling with IDP.Generic, your browser’s settings will have to be restored to default.
- Menu (the three bars) – Help – Troubleshoot information.
- Click Refresh Firefox.
- Confirm your choice by pressing Refresh Firefox again.
IDP.Generic deletion from Safari
- Open Safari.
- Safari (from the menu bar at the top) – Preferences.
- Access the Extensions tab, locate and delete IDP.Generic, and any other extension you don’t recognise.
- In the General tab, remove the page IDP.Generic set as your homepage and set one of your preference.
- Open the Search tab, modify your search engine from the one set by IDP.Generic to something else.
If you are still struggling with IDP.Generic, it’ll be necessary to restore your browser’s settings to default.
- Open Safari, press on Safari from the menu bar, and press Clear History.
- Click Safari (from the top menu) again – Preferences – Advanced tab.
- Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar box.
- The Develop menu will become visible at the top, press that and click on Empty Caches.
IDP.Generic deletion from Microsoft Edge
- Launch Microsoft Edge.
- Menu (the three dots at the top-right corner) – Extensions.
- Find all unknown extensions, as well as IDP.Generic, and delete them.
- Access Settings via the menu (the three dots).
- Navigate to the On startup tab, delete the homepage set by IDP.Generic and pick one of your preference.
- Go to Privacy and services tab, modify your search engine from the one set by IDP.Generic to something of your choice.
In case IDP.Generic is still there, your browser’s settings might have to be reset to default.
- Open Microsoft Edge menu (the three dots) – Settings – Reset settings.
- Select Restore settings to their default values. Reset.