This is a virus for Word 97 documents. It is not able to replicate under the SR-1 and above releases of Word 97. It will turn off the macro warning feature of Word 97/2000 using registry modification. This virus consists of a single module named "Money". This virus contains some code to propagate by Outlook email, however this code is either avoided intentionally or accidentally, therefore does not execute. This virus does contain a method of spreading in mIRC and Pirch by modifications to the configuration INI files for each application.
This virus does have date activated payload of displaying different message boxes. All message boxes displayed are reference to political statements about the government of Brazil and is in Portuguese language. A rather lengthy message box is displayed on the following dates; May 9, September 25, December 25 and January 1.
The infected document is saved to the C:\WINDOWS folder as two different files, MONEY.DOC and DINHEIRO.DOC. These files are later sent via mIRC and Pirch scripts during Internet connections. The configuration file for mIRC is modified to send itself to user who join the same channel as the infected user.
Attempts to view the code within Word by the menu selection "FileTemplates" is thwarted by a fake error message with this text:
"Lamento voce nao possue nivel para esta operacao. Por Favor leia o Manual de instrucoes para maiores detalhes."
Translated into English, it means roughly
"It is not possible to perform this operation. Please read the Manual of instructions for more details."
Attempting to view the code using "ALT-F11" gives another fake error message with this text:
"Este programa executou uma instrucao ilegal por favor feche o Windows e reinicie."
Translated into English it means roughly "This program executed an illegal instruction please close Windows and restart."
This virus hooks the system event of opening documents in Word97 by the subroutine "Autoopen" thereby running its code. Another system event hooked is creation of new documents using the "New Document" icon within Word thereby running its code.