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VirTool:INF/Autorun.gen!P


VirTool:INF/Autorun.VirTool:INF/Autorun.gen!P is a detection for "autorun.inf" files that may be used by worms when spreading to local, network, or removable drives. When copying themselves to a drive, worms can create a file named "autorun.inf", which contains execution instructions for the operating system. When the drive is viewed using Windows Explorer, "autorun.inf" runs, thus executing the worm copy.
 
It should be noted that "autorun.inf" files on their own are not necessarily a sign of infection, as they are used by legitimate programs and installation CDs.


What to do now

To detect and remove this threat and other malicious software that may be installed in your computer, run a full-system scan with an up-to-date antivirus product such as the following:
 
For more information on antivirus software, see http://www.microsoft.com/windows/antivirus-partners/.

Threat behavior

VirTool:INF/Autorun.VirTool:INF/Autorun.gen!P is a detection for "autorun.inf" files that may be used by worms when spreading to local, network, or removable drives. When copying themselves to a drive, worms can create a file named "autorun.inf", which contains execution instructions for the operating system. When the drive is viewed using Windows Explorer, "autorun.inf" runs, thus executing the worm copy.
 
It should be noted that "autorun.inf" files on their own are not necessarily a sign of infection, as they are used by legitimate programs and installation CDs.

Symptoms

There are no common symptoms associated with this threat. Alert notifications from installed antivirus software may be the only symptoms.

Prevention


Alert level: Severe
First detected by definition: 1.91.1452.0
Latest detected by definition: 1.195.3308.0 and higher
First detected on: Oct 09, 2010
This entry was first published on: Oct 22, 2010
This entry was updated on: Apr 17, 2011

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