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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Sality.AG

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Sality.AG
Technical name:W32/Sality.AG
Threat level:Medium
Type:Virus
Effects:  

It leaves the computer vulnerable against the attack of other malware. It downloads malicious files from several websites. It infects files with an EXE and SCR extension, which are then distributed through any of the usual means.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:July 18, 2008
Detection updated on:Aug. 7, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Sality.AG is a worm which infects files with an EXE and SCR extension.

It reduces the security level of the computer, as it ends services and processes belonging to security programs. This would leave the computer vulnerable against the attack of other threats.

Additionally, it connects to several websites to download more malware and uses a rootkit to prevent the users from accessing several websites that belong to antivirus companies.

Sality.AG infects files with an EXE and SCR extension, which are then distributed through any of the usual means: floppy disks, email messages with attachments, Internet download, files transferred via FTP, IRC channels, P2P file sharing networks, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Sality.AG is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.