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13 February 2007
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Packed.Spyware is a generic detection for spyware programs that have been processed with software packers.


Your Symantec product detects a file as Packed.Spyware.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 15 November 2004
  • Latest Rapid Release version 23 November 2007 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version 15 November 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version 18 December 2007 revision 039
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 17 November 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Packed.Spyware is a generic detection for spyware 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.Spyware to Symantec Security Response so that these packed spyware 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 .