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Generic Malware

Threat LevelModerate threat
DistributionNot widespread
Common name:Generic Malware
Technical name:Generic Malware
Threat level:Low
Effects:   It allows to get into the affected computer. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:Dec. 1, 2006
Detection updated on:June 18, 2010
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 


Generic Malware is a Trojan, which although seemingly inoffensive, can actually carry out attacks and intrusions: screenlogging, stealing personal data, etc.


Generic Malware uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • It is dropped or downloaded to the computer by other malware specimens, for example: Multidropper.RGN, Dropper.XW, Multidropper.RHU, Multidropper.RIS, Multidropper.RLF, Multidropper.RMA, Multidropper.RMB.