Packed.Adware

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:35:45 AM
Type: Adware
Risk Impact: High
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior


Packed.Adware is a generic detection for adware programs that have been processed with software packers.

Symptoms


Your Symantec product detects a file as Packed.Adware.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version November 15, 2004
  • Latest Rapid Release version November 15, 2004
  • Initial Daily Certified version November 15, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version November 15, 2004
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date November 17, 2004

Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.


Technical Description


Packed.Adware is a generic detection for adware programs that have been compressed using software packers. Software that has been packed is often reduced in terms of file size and must be unpacked before the original file can be executed. The unpacking procedure is performed by a decrypting loader that decompresses the original file before executing it.

Submit samples detected as Packed.Adware to Symantec Security Response so that these packed adware and variants can be identified and assigned specific names.
Then, we can analyze them and provide more information about their nature.

For instructions on how to do this using Scan and Deliver, read How to submit a file to Symantec Security Response using Scan and Deliver .