Virus Profile: W97M/Cash

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Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home Low | Corporate Low
Date Discovered: 12/6/1999
Date Added: 12/11/2002
Origin: Unknown
Length: N/A
Type: Virus
Subtype: Macro
DAT Required: 4072
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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

The above message displayed on 16th of any month.

Methods of Infection

Opening an infected document will directly infect the local Word environment and any document opened thereafter.
   

Virus Characteristics

This threat is detected as W97M/Generic. It will disable the macro protection warning on Word97 and set the security level to low on Word2K. The Tools/Macro menu option will be disabled.

If day is 16th of any month, the virus will display the following message:

Chaos, Panic, Disorder, My work here is done!!

   
Use current engine and DAT files for detection and removal.

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.

AVERT Recommended Updates:

* Office 2000 updates

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

   

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