Posted: May 2, 2014
The following fields listed on the Threat Meter containing a specific value, are explained in detail below:
Threat Level: The threat level scale goes from 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest level of severity and 1 is the lowest level of severity. Each specific level is relative to the threat's consistent assessed behaviors collected from SpyHunter's risk assessment model.
Detection Count: The collective number of confirmed and suspected cases of a particular malware threat. The detection count is calculated from infected PCs retrieved from diagnostic and scan log reports generated by SpyHunter.
Volume Count: Similar to the detection count, the Volume Count is specifically based on the number of confirmed and suspected threats infecting systems on a daily basis. High volume counts usually represent a popular threat but may or may not have infected a large number of systems. High detection count threats could lay dormant and have a low volume count. Criteria for Volume Count is relative to a daily detection count.
Trend Path: The Trend Path, utilizing an up arrow, down arrow or equal symbol, represents the level of recent movement of a particular threat. Up arrows represent an increase, down arrows represent a decline and the equal symbol represent no change to a threat's recent movement.
% Impact (Last 7 Days): This demonstrates a 7-day period change in the frequency of a malware threat infecting PCs. The percentage impact correlates directly to the current Trend Path to determine a rise or decline in the percentage.
|First Seen:||May 2, 2014|
|Last Seen:||May 22, 2023|
HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen is a generic identification for PDF files with embedded, unsafe content. Frequent perusal of these files by malware experts has led to the conclusion that many such files are used to install threats onto your PC, or are otherwise a component of a threat-related attack. Unlike a normal download, downloads through HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen vulnerabilities may install their software automatically, and launching HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen by mistake should be considered an excellent motive to inspect your PC with anti-malware software without any delay.
HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen: Taking Flash to a Threatening Level of Interactivity
HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen is one of the heuristic labels given to Adobe PDF files that include hostile content. Although HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen's embedded content may have other purposes, previously attack statistics gathered by malware researchers have made it clear that most HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen detections, when accurate, are Trojan droppers. Trojan droppers often are one of the first types of unsafe content encountered in threat-distributing campaigns, and are used to install other threats automatically onto a vulnerable machine.
HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen's distribution may be through spam e-mail attachments, social network links and other methods that almost always disguise the related file as another file entirely (such as a JPG). They also may be embedded in corrupted (or hacked) websites. After its launch, HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen usually will exploit default Adobe Reader vulnerabilities to launch an attack. There often are no visible signs of the attack, although malware experts sometimes see clear indicators related to their payloads, such as the pop-up attacks of rogue security programs.
Minimizing All the Ways a Rotten PDF can Hurt Your Computer
There is more than one way to protect yourself from HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen attacks – and malware experts recommend enacting all of them, when practical. Strong security settings for your browser may help block websites or content related to HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen, anti-malware products should be able to identify HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen on sight, and avoiding clicking on suspicious links or files will keep you from exposing yourself by mistake. Updating your software also can drastically lower, if not completely remove, the vulnerabilities exploited by HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen to infect your machine.
A final way to protect yourself from HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen also is to never install software that could read PDF files. However, these kinds of attacks may include several, redundant methods of achieving their goals, of which HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen only may be one.
On the other hand, any contact with HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen should be considered equivalent to launching HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen, unless anti-malware utilities have explicitly blocked HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen. With the potential for threat installation being extremely high, any detection of HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen always is a reasonable cause for scanning your entire PC, after the fact. Catching and removing threats installed by HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen as soon as possible will minimize any harm that could be caused by HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen, of which malware experts have seen consequences as small as browser hijacks and as severe as hacked bank accounts.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to HTML/Malicious.PDF.Gen may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.
Why can't I open any program including SpyHunter? You may have a malware file running in memory that kills any programs that you try to launch on your PC. Tip: Download SpyHunter from a clean computer, copy it to a USB thumb drive, DVD or CD, then install it on the infected PC and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.