Virus.Patchload.O Description

Virus.Patchload.o is a label for files that have been successfully-infected or patched by a virus. Although the functions that can be included in a Virus.Patchload.o attack may vary, malware experts note that Virus.Patchload.o often loads other types of harmful files and is not part of a multi-component infection. Since Virus.Patchload.o is usually installed by another PC threat and is often used to coordinate attacks by still more types of PC threats, any attempts to delete Virus.Patchload.o should also scan your entire PC to be certain of detecting and removing associated types of malicious software. As a symptom of a virus, Virus.Patchload.o may not have a separate file or memory process, although you may be able to notice Virus.Patchload.o by looking for unusual resource allocation in pre-existing processes or by noting unusual setting changes that reduce your computer’s security.

Patchload.o – a Junebug That Latches Onto Your Files and Will Not Let Go

In-depth identification of Patchload.o was first developed in June of 2011, and it’s recommended that you keep your anti-malware software up-to-date for at least that date to be certain of detecting potential Patchload.o infections. Although, so far, Patchload.o lacks the ability to propagate itself like a true virus, Patchload.o (also known as Virus:Win32/Patchload.o) otherwise nestles neatly into the standard definition of a virus due to being malicious code that’s appended onto unrelated files.

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You may be able to detect the presence of Patchload.o by opening your Task Manager and watching your system processes for unusual expenditure of system resources.

Patchload.o is used to load components of other PC threats such as ‘c_06860.nls,’ which is often hidden in the Windows system folder. In addition to loading these components, Patchload.o may also undertake other actions – malware experts have also noted that Patchload.o can copy files in limited instances. As a loader and potential installation tool for additional PC threats, Patchload.o has few symptoms of its presence but can be complicit in high-level attacks against your computer’s security and privacy.

Good Reasons to Refuse the Patchload.o ‘Patch’ to Your OS

Although Patchload.o isn’t designed to function in non-Windows computers, malware experts caution that Patchload.o’s presence can be a significant hazard for any Windows-based PC. The consequences of allowing Patchload.o to load PC threats unhindered can include:
  • Loss of control over your computer itself as hackers take advantage of Patchload.o-installed backdoors to take over the system.
  • Becoming a victim of informational theft by spyware that may target banking info, account passwords and identity-related information.
  • Being subjected to browser redirects from browser hijackers that expose you to hostile sites.
  • Being attacked by fraudulent alerts and other types of pop-ups that are often used by scamware or Trojan droppers that install rogue anti-malware products.

Despite these dangers, removing Patchload.o quickly and with anti-malware software can stop such possibilities before they have a chance to start – and will not damage the underlying file that’s inadvertently-playing host to Patchload.o.

Aliases [Kingsoft]Heuristic.BehavesLike.Win32.Suspicious-DTR.K [McAfee-GW-Edition]Heuristic.LooksLike.Win32.SuspiciousPE.N!84 [McAfee-GW-Edition]TR/Spy.135664.6 [AntiVir]Trojan.Generic.6113146 [BitDefender]TR/Spy.ZBot.22816.1 [AntiVir]Trojan/W32.Agent.913408.BX [nProtect]Trojan/W32.Agent.820008.B [nProtect]Trojan.Generic.6124488 [BitDefender]TR/Spy.ZBot.163840 [AntiVir]

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Posted: June 10, 2011 | By
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One Comment

  • Margreet says:

    Hi. Most any email client blocks those file extensions. The easiest workaround is creating a .zip file and adding the executive to it. Most email providers allow zip files.

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