Aliases: Virus.Win32.Velost.1233, Virus:Win32/Velost.1186, W32/Velost-B, W32/Velost.1233, W32/Velost.1233
Variants: W32/Velost.1233.A, W32/Velost.gen, Win32.LostLove.b, Win32/Velost, Win32/Velost.1186

Classification: Malware
Category: Computer Virus

Status: Active & Spreading
Spreading: Slow
Geographical info: Asia, North and South America, and some parts of Europe and Australia
Removal: Easy
Platform: W32
Discovered: 04 Sep 2002
Damage: Low

Characteristics: The W32.Velost application is a virus that infects .exe and .scr files on drives C through Z. It as well attempts to attach to a particular site each time an infected file is executed. This virus affects all windows systems.

More details about W32.Velost

W32. Velost Virus affects Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me System. When a file that is infected with W32.Velost is carried out, the virus makes a mutex called "Lost Love." If this mutex is already on your pc, the virus carries out the original file. Or else, it carries out only the viral code. It will then search for .scr or .exe file extensions and attaches itself to files that it finds. This virus will continue searching for more files to infect. Once the virus has processed all the drives from C through Z, it tries to open an .htm program.

Security software firms also report that the W32.Velost program may be part of a larger malware application. The software may execute certain commands to spread other programs or prevent them from being deleted. The W32.Velost program is also able to access the actions and processes of the browser. The default search engine can be changed without the user’s consent. The home page and error page may be switched to another website. URLs may also be added to the bookmark tab unknown to the user.