IDP.ARES.Generic Virus


IDP.ARES.Generic is a computer threat that can stealthily infect your system and take over its settings. IDP.ARES.Generic can be described as a Trojan horse virus and it typically gets distributed throughout the Internet with the help of different disguise methods.

IDP.ARES.Generic Virus

The file infected with the IDP.ARES.Generic virus

You’ve likely already heard the term “Trojan horse” and know that this is something you most certainly don’t want to have on your computer. However, there’s quite a lot more that you need to understand about this malicious form of software in order to keep your computer safe from it or to remove any Trojans that may have already attacked your system. In this post, our main focus will be on the new Trojan horse version known as IDP.ARES.Generic. This is a newly released computer threat that has already succeeded in infecting a big number of systems.

The IDP.ARES.Generic Virus

The first thing we need to tell you about the IDP.ARES.Generic virus, and the Trojan horse family in general, is that their main method of infecting the computers of potential victims is the use of some form of disguise. The IDP.ARES.Generic virus cannot automatically attack a given computer unless the user, in one way or another, interacts with the virus.

This is why the creators of such infections make sure to make their Trojans as harmless-looking and as appealing as possible. This means that a Trojan virus would oftentimes be disguised as an interesting computer game or an expensive program that has been pirated and is now available for free. Of course, as soon as the user downloads the disguised Trojan and starts it on their computer, the malware is set free and is able to take control of the infected system. In many cases, however, users don’t even realize what has happened until the damage caused by the Trojan becomes apparent.

Reg-MSI_ Inventory.exe infected with IDP.ARES.Generic

Despite Trojan horse viruses being known for their stealthiness and ability to remain undetected, there could still be things that may sometimes indicate that such threat as a “Reg-MSI_Inventory.exe infected with IDP.ARES.Generic” has entered the computer. One example of that is if your computer suddenly starts experiencing blue screen crashes.

Though this may be an indication of many different issues with the computer (including hardware-related ones), it may also be a possible Trojan horse infection sign. Similarly, sudden software errors, computer sluggishness, file corruption, and unauthorized system and software changes may also sometimes be caused by an ongoing Trojan horse infection. If you notice/have noticed any such irregularities on your computer, it’s best to complete the removal guide you will see further down this page in order to locate and remove any potential malware threats.

Possible damage caused by IDP.ARES.Generic

Most Trojans are quite versatile, meaning that they can be used in different ways and cause different types of damage. Some of the more common examples of how a Trojan could be utilized is for theft of personal info followed by banking theft, personal harassment, or blackmailing, as well as for taking over the whole system and using the computer for illegal cryptocurrency mining. In some cases, Trojan viruses could even carry a secondary threat that they insert into the attacked machine. This is how many Ransomware viruses get distributed – with the help of an assisting Trojan horse.


Name IDP.ARES.Generic
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Trojan viruses can cause system crashes, data corruption, different kinds of software errors, and other unexpected disturbances.
Distribution Method The main distribution method for this type of malware is the use of disguise – most Trojans are presented to users under the guise of a seemingly useful program download.
Detection Tool

Remove IDP.ARES.Generic Virus

If you are looking for a way to remove IDP.ARES.Generic you can try this:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
  2. Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
  3. Search for IDP.ARES.Generic and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall IDP.ARES.Generic as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of IDP.ARES.Generic completely. For more detailed removal instructions follow the guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide

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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

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Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

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Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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