Published Jul 30, 2010 | Updated Sep 15, 2017

Virus:Win32/Sality.AU

Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: Virus.Win32.Sality.ag (Kaspersky) W32/Sality.BD (Norman) Win32.Sality.BK (VirusBuster) W32/Sality.AG (Avira) Win32.Sality.3 (BitDefender) Win32/Sality.NBA (ESET) Virus.Win32.Sality (Ikarus) W32/Sality.AA (Panda) Mal/Sality-D (Sophos) Virus.Win32.Sality.at (Sunbelt Software) W32.Sality.AE (Symantec) PE_SALITY.BA-O (Trend Micro)

Summary

Windows Defender Antivirus detects and removes this threat.
 
This threat can lower your PC security.
 
It is installed by Worm:Win32/Sality.AU. It also spreads through infected removable drives, such as USB flash drives.
 

Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:

You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find other hidden malware.

Be careful when sharing files

Windows has a feature that lets you share files and folders on a network or shared PC. This feature is sometimes abused by malware to spread to other PCs within the network.

You can get more information and tips on how to share files safely from these pages:

You should turn off file sharing until you make sure that all infected PCs have been cleaned of any malware.

Remove program exceptions in the firewall

This threat might add itself to your Windows Firewall exception list. This means it can go online without being blocked. To remove it from the exception list, do the following:

For Windows 8.1 :

  1. Open Windows Firewall by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering firewall in the search box, tapping or clicking Settings, and then tapping or clicking Windows Firewall.
  2. In the left pane, tap or click Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall.
  3. Tap or click Change settings. You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
  4. Select the check box next to the app you want to allow, select the network types you want to allow communication on, and then click OK.

For Windows 7:

  1. Click Start, select Control Panel, then System and Security.
  2. Select Windows Firewall.
  3. On the menu on the left, select Allow a program through Windows Firewall. If you're prompted, type the password or provide confirmation.
  4. Click Change Settings. If you're prompted, type the password or provide confirmation.
  5. Select <program name> from the list of allowed programs and features. Click Remove.
  6. Click OK.

For Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start, select Control Panel, then Security Center.
  2. On the menu on the left, select Windows Firewall.
  3. On the menu on the left, select Allow a program through Windows Firewall. If you are prompted, type the password or provide confirmation.
  4. Select <program name> from the list of allowed programs and features. Click Delete.
  5. Click OK.
Additional remediation instructions for this threat

This threat might make lasting changes to your PC's settings that won't be restored when it's cleaned. The following links can help change these settings back to what you want:

Get more help

You can also visit our advanced troubleshooting page or search the Microsoft virus and malware community for more help.

If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.

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