Threat Description

Virus:​W32/Sality

Details

Aliases:Virus:​W32/Sality, Virus.Win32.Sality Spyware.Pws.A
Category:Malware
Type:Virus
Platform:W32

Summary



A malicious program that secretly integrates itself into program or data files. It spreads by integrating itself into more files each time the host program is run.



Removal


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.

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You may wish to refer to the Support Community for further assistance. You also may also refer to General Removal Instructions for a general guide on alternative disinfection actions.



Technical Details



The detection name Virus:W32/Sality refers to a large family of viruses that infect executable files. Sality viruses are rather sophisticated in that they use an Entry Point Obscuration technique to hide their presence on the system.

Once installed on the computer system, Sality viruses usually also execute a malicious payload. The specific actions performed depend on the specific variant in question, but generally Sality viruses will attempt to terminate processes, particularly those related to security programs. The virus may also attempt to open connections to remote sites and steal data from the infected machine.

For representative examples of Sality viruses, see the following descriptions:






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