OS: Windows XP Professional SP3
VIRUS: Win32/Sality (as far as I know...)
ANTIMALWARE: uninstalled Virus Chaser, replaced with Microsoft Security Essentials
I've been trying to get rid of this Win32/Sality on my work computer for about a week now; browsing through forums will only get one so far...
I'm a total noob at this, so if there's any additional info you need please let me know.
So, here's how it's gone so far.
*Finally* succeeded in getting one of the IT guys to reformat this piece of junk this morning. I remembered to ask him to repartition it as well. I'm not quite sure how to find the specs of this thing; all i know for sure is they installed Windows XP SP3. Most of my other programs are in Korean; I teach English online and basically have to just download the video, phone and messenger programs from the company sites.
The first thing I noticed after the reformat was I couldn't seem to access any microsoft websites on Internet Explorer. Got Google Chrome instead and everything worked fine from there.
Uninstalled "Virus Chaser" (this weird security program they installed from an old CD)
DLd Microsoft Security Essentials, updated it, plugged in my external hard drive and scanned it. It found "Win32/Sality.gen!p" on E:\Seagate\Registration\Seagate-Release.exe. I picked Disinfect and got back an error message:
Microsoft Security Essentials couldn't apply the action(s) you selected... Error code 0x80501001.
No idea what that means; I tried the Security Essentials forums but so far SOL
Was getting the same error before the reformat. Is this a false positive or a real virus? Now what? Any help would be appreciated.
I will be running a full scan with MSE in a few seconds, and probably reDL Malwarebytes or SuperAntispyware.