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Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home Low | Corporate Low
Date Discovered: 7/1/1996
Date Added: 7/15/1996
Origin: US
Length: Not Applicable
Type: Virus
Subtype: Macro
DAT Required: 4002
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Description

This is a virus detection. Viruses are programs that self-replicate recursively, meaning that infected systems spread the virus to other systems, which then propagate the virus further. While many viruses contain a destructive payload, it's quite common for viruses to do nothing more than spread from one system to another.

Indication of Infection

When lauching or exiting Word on the 16th of a month a DialogBox like

- Parasite Virus 1.0 X

Your computer is infected with the Parasite Virus, version 1.0!


OK

is displayed. Additionally all periods '.' will be replaced by a comma ',' and 'a' with an 'e' in documents, you are going to open.

On all days the virus replaces 'and' with 'not' when you open a document on an infected system.

The virus also sets a Winword6.INI entry: WW6I to 1 on the first infection. Afterwards the "famous" MessageBox is displayed ones

-Microsoft WordX

1


OK

The intended counter entry is not maintained further.

Methods of Infection

General Macro Virus Information
   

Virus Characteristics

This virus propagates by infecting Word Documents in Microsoft WORD Versions 6.x / 7.x on Windows and Macintosh platforms. The virus consists of these macros:

AUTOOPEN, PARA, SITE, PAYLOAD, K, A678, I8U9Y13

in an infected document. Their names change to:

PAYLOAD, FILESAVEAS, SITE, PARA, AUTOEXEC, AUTOOPEN, AUTOEXIT

in Word's Global Template NORMAL.DOT. The virus becomes active by using Auto- and SystemMacros. All macros are encrypted using the standard Word execute-only feature. Meaning that the user is unable to edit or view the macro code.

   
All Users :
Script,Batch,Macro and non memory-resident:
Use current engine and DAT files for detection and removal.

PE,Trojan,Internet Worm and memory resident :
Use specified engine and DAT files for detection. To remove, boot to MS-DOS mode or use a boot diskette and use the command line scanner:

SCANPM /ADL /CLEAN /ALL

Additional Windows ME/XP removal considerations


Users should not trust file icons, particularly when receiving files from others via P2P clients, IRC, email or other mediums where users can share files.

AVERT Recommended Updates :

* Office2000 Updates

* Malformed Word Document Could Enable Macro to Run Automatically (Information/Patch )

* scriptlet.typelib/Eyedog vulnerability patch

* Outlook as an email attachment security update

* Exchange 5.5 post SP3 Information Store Patch 5.5.2652.42 - this patch corrects detection issues with GroupShield

For a list of attachments blocked by the Outlook patch and a general FAQ, visit this link .
Additionally, Network Administrators can configure this update using an available tool - visit this link for more information .

It is very common for macro viruses to disable options within Office applications for example in Word, the macro protection warning commonly is disabled. After cleaning macro viruses, ensure that your previously set options are again enabled.