Published Oct 21, 2010 | Updated Sep 15, 2017

Virus:Win32/Sality.gen!Q

Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: Worm:Win32/Sality.AU (other) Win32/Cogduni.worm.61440 (AhnLab) W32/Virut.AI!Generic (Command) W32/Sality.AG (Avira) Win32.Worm.VB.NWZ (BitDefender) Win32/Sality.AA (CA) Win32.Sector.21 (Dr.Web) Win32/Sality.NBF (ESET) IM-Worm.Win32.VB (Ikarus) W32/Sality.gen.e (McAfee) W32/Sality.BD (Norman) W32/Sality.AA (Panda) Worm.Cogduni.a (Rising AV) Mal/Sality-D (Sophos) Virus.Win32.Sality.at (Sunbelt Software) Win32.Sality.BK (VirusBuster)

Summary

Virus:Win32/Sality.gen!Q is a generic detection for a virus that spreads by infecting Windows executable files and by copying itself to removable and remote drives. It also terminates various security products, prevents certain Windows utilities from executing and attempts to download additional files from a predefined remote Web server.
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/.
Recovering from recurring infections on a network
The following additional steps may need to be taken to completely remove this threat from an infected network, and to stop infections from recurring from this and other similar types of network-spreading malware:
 
  1. Ensure that an antivirus product is installed on ALL computers connected to the network that can access or host shares.
  2. Ensure that all available network shares are scanned with an up-to-date antivirus product.
  3. Restrict permissions as appropriate for network shares on your network. For more information on simple access control, please see: http://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb456977.aspx.
  4. Remove any unnecessary network shares or mapped drives.
 
Note: Additionally it may be necessary to temporarily change the permission on network shares to read-only until the disinfection process is complete.
Removing a program exception
This threat may add a malware program to the Windows Firewall exception list. To remove the program exception, follow these steps:
 
For Windows 7:
1) Click Start, select Control Panel, then System and Security.
2) Select Windows Firewall.
3) On the left-hand menu, select Allow a program through Windows Firewall. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
4) Click Change Settings. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
5) Select "ipsec"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 left-hand menu, select Windows Firewall.
3) On the left-hand menu, select Allow a program through Windows Firewall. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
4) Select "ipsec"from the list of allowed programs and features. Click Delete.
5) Click OK.
 
For Windows XP:
1) Use an administrator account to log on.
2) Click Start, select Run, type wscui.cpl, and then click OK.
3) In Windows Security Center, click Windows Firewall.
4) On the Exceptions tab, click "ipsec"and then click Delete.
5) Click OK.
Enabling registry editor
This threat may modify the computer to prevent Registry Editor from running. To enable Registry Editor in your computer, please do the following:
 
  1. Run a command prompt. Click Start>Run and type cmd.
  2. In the command prompt, type the following as is and press Enter:
    reg.exe add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
  3. Type exit at the command prompt.
Additional remediation instructions for Virus:Win32/Sality.gen!Q:
This threat may make lasting changes to a computer’s configuration that are NOT restored by detecting and removing this threat. For more information on returning an infected computer to its pre-infected state, please see the following article/s: 
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