Generic virus

Generic Virus is a potential threat. Threats, when malicious, can be used to interfere with the normal operation of a computer, gather personal information or allow a hacker to access the device remotely without the user's consent.

This kind of software usually arrives in the form of an unwanted download from a malicious website or as code illegally injected into a legitimate website without the webmaster's knowledge. It can also be received as an email attachment or an instant message from an untrusted source.

What does a Generic Virus do?

If determined to be malware, actions can include: Generic virus is a potential threat. Threats, when malicious, can be used to interfere with the normal operation of a computer, gather personal information or allow a hacker to access the device remotely without the user's consent.

This kind of software usually arrives in the form of an unwanted download from a malicious website or as code illegally injected into a legitimate website without the webmaster's knowledge. It can also be received as an email attachment or an instant message from an untrusted source.

If determined to be malware, actions can include:

  • Stealing hard disk space and memory, slowing down or completing stopping the PC
  • Corrupting or deleting data
  • Compromising the entire system by providing remote access to hackers
  • Stealing passwords and other sensitive information
  • Gathering information about your web-browsing habits without your consent for advertising purposes
  • Installing other unwanted software

Generally, most Generic Virus can be detected and removed by AVG.

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