Aliases: Win32.HLLC.Setex, W32/Passer, Troj/Setex-A, Win32/HLLC.Setex, TROJ_SETEX.B ,
Variants: W32/HLLC.Setex, Win32:Setex-UPX, Win32/Setex.B, Win32.HLLC.Setex.A, Trj/Ressy.A

Classification: Malware
Category: Computer Virus

Status: Active & Spreading
Spreading: Moderate
Geographical info: Asia, North and South America, and some parts of Europe and Australia
Removal: Easy
Platform: W32
Discovered: 01 Feb 2002
Damage: Medium

Characteristics: When the W32.Setex is opened, it finds all local drives for files that are named Setup.exe. It overwrites every Setup.exe file that it locates with itself.

More details about W32.Setex

The W32.Setex application is a cruel program that pretenses as a gentle application. The W32.Setex program does not multiply itself but it could be destructive. One of the most dangerous kinds it this program that declares to clear your computer viruses but as a substitute introduces viruses into your computer. The W32.Setex application is a program in which harmful or malicious code is contained in apparently harmless data or programming in such a way that it could get control and do its selected form of injure, such as crashing the file table on your hard drive. In one case, W32.Setex was supposed to locate and clear viruses. It can be widely reallocated as part of a virus.

The W32.Setex program works by covering within a set of useful programs. Once installed or executed in the computer, the W32.Setex program will begin infecting files in the PC. The W32.Setex program is usually capable of getting important info from the user's PC. It will then spread this info to Internet servers chosen by the maker of the virus. The developer will then be able to increase a control level over the computer to this W32.Setex program. While these things are taking place, the computer user will notice that the attacked computer has become slow or unpredicted windows pop-up without any activity from the computer user. Later on, this will cause a computer crash.