XA1

Classification

Malware

Virus

W32

XA1, Christmas Tree, Tannenbaum

Summary

The XA1 virus overwrites the beginning of files with itself and stores the original code at the end of the file. On April 1st, a part of the virus will activate - overwriting the boot sector with code that will cause the computer to "hang" on next boot-up. The virus will also activate on December 21st and stay active until the end of the year. It will then display a Christmas tree, and the text:

Und er lebt doch noch: Der Tannenbaum! Frohe Weihnachten

Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either move the file to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or remove it.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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