In the event that you have discovered a program titled Sality on your computer, you should know that you’re dealing with one of the most dangerous malware types out there. This is really nothing to joke about, so you’ve done the right thing be seeking assistance or advice on this page.
Here we will aim to provide as much information about this type malicious programs as possibly can within this article. But more importantly, we will also offer you an effective solution for the removal of Sality. Below this article is a detailed removal guide with step-by-step instructions on how to locate and delete all the files related to it. Keep in mind that there can be several of these, and they typically hide very deep in your system, so as to avoid detection. Therefore, if you are unsure of your computing skills or would prefer to have professional software cover you, we can also provide you with that as well.
Trojan Horses like Win32 Sality are incredibly versatile and flexible in the different tasks they can perform. This, in turn, makes them a great asset to hackers. But that’s also a huge problem when dealing with an actual ongoing infection, because you can’t quite be sure what the given malware (in this case Win32 Sality) could have been programmed to do on your computer.
To narrows things down at least a little, we’d like you to gain a better understanding of what it could be up to.
- Malware is very commonly exploited for the purpose of stealing data. They can be after certain files, which they can copy and send to their masters. Or they might want to know absolutely everything about you, including your social media or other account details, passwords, financial credentials and other personal information. As a result of gaining this kind of access, the hackers can easily be able to drain your bank accounts, hijack your identity and who knows what other mischief.
- A virus like Sality may just as easily be capable of deleting certain information from your machine. Not to mention that it could even destroy your OS or just erase everything from it, leaving you with a completely blank canvas.
- Commonly they can infiltrate your computer to turn it into a bot and exploit its resources. Most of the times this is done either for the purpose of spamming and infecting other PCs, or with the intention of mining cryptocurrencies such as bitcoins that are later sent to the hackers.
- One of the eeriest and most disturbing usages of malware like Sality is with the aim of spying on victims. Your mic and webcam can be hacked and turn on without you even knowing it, for example. And your computer screen can just easily be monitored and kept track of to know what you do on your PC.
The Sality Virus
Sality is classified as a malware of the famous Trojan Horse variety. A Trojan virus such as Sality could be a source of numerous security issues like data stealing, exploiting your system for cryptocurrency mining or even opening up your PC to more serous threats like Ransomware.
Clearly, it’s not a pretty picture and removing Sality from your computer should be your first priority right now. But once you have taken care of that, you should also make sure your system is armed appropriately so as to not allow attacks like this again. Malware skillfully exploit outdated software or an outdated OS even as a weak spot, through which they can enter your system. So be sure to keep everything on it up-to-date, manually installing all the latest updates. This also includes regularly updating your antivirus program and if you don’t have one of those – you should definitely install one. In addition, help your computer out by NOT putting it in unnecessary danger, and be more careful with the content you interact with online. A lot of the time Trojans like this are sent via email within suspicious-looking attachments, so keep this in mind. In addition, it’s also highly possible to contract an infection like this by downloading compromised content from illegal or otherwise shady websites. Try also to avoid clicking on online ads, because these are also becoming a more and more popular source for malware infections.
|Danger Level||High (Malware is often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Malware usually don’t reveal their presence with any noticeable symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||With the help of malvertisements, infected emails, compromised downloadable content, etc.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Sality Virus Removal
If you are looking for a way to remove Sality you can try this:
- Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
- Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
- Search for Sality and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall Sality as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of Sality completely. For more detailed removal instructions follow the guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!