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System processes/services

Article detailing the mechanisms of malware persistence by use of running processes or services.
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System processes/services

Running processes or services can also execute programs or load files as part of their function. This can therefore load files containing malicious code.

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Complex malware may well have a minder program or service running monitoring it. Should the malware process be terminated, the minder process or service will restart the malware to maintain the infection.

One example is the Dark Comet remote access Trojan (RAT). This malware has a minder program running which will restart the malware in the event it’s process is unexpectedly terminated whilst the computer is running. Information about Dark Comet is readily available on the World Wide Web.

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