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Published Aug 06, 2010 | Updated Sep 15, 2017

Win32/Sality

Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: No associated aliases

Summary

Windows Defender  detects and removes this threat.

This malware family can steal your personal information and lower your PC security settings. 

Threats in this family can:
  • Stop your security software from running
  • Steal your sensitive information
  • Download and run other files
  • Delete security-related files from your PC
  • Lower your PC security settings

Find out ways that malware can get on your PC.

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.

Advanced troubleshooting

To restore your PC, you might need to download and run Windows Defender Offline. See our advanced troubleshooting page for more help.

Enable registry editor

This threat might prevent Registry Editor from running. To allow the Registry Editor to run, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start then Run and type cmd to run a command prompt.
  2. In the command prompt, type the following and press Enter:
    reg.exe add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
  3. Type exit.

Restore your PC

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

Get more help

You can also see 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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