Virus Profile: W97M/Nova

Threat Search
Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home Low | Corporate Low
Date Discovered: 11/13/1997
Date Added: 11/8/1999
Origin: N/A
Length: N/A
Type: Virus
Subtype: Macro
DAT Required: 4001
Removal Instructions


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

Macro warning if opening infected document, increase in size to global template; message as described above.

Methods of Infection

Opening infected documents will infect global template


NO_VA, W97M/Nova

Virus Characteristics

This is a virus for Word 97 documents. It is not able to replicate under the SR-1 release of Word 97. It will not turn off the macro warning feature of Word 97. This virus consists of a two macro modules named "autoexit" and "autoclose". It appears to be originally coded for Word6/7 and its origin is from Brazil.

This virus hooks the system event of closing Word97 by the module "autoexit" thereby running its code. Additionally the system event of closing documents is also hooked. Attempts to use menu items of the same name within Word97 will run the macro code routine.

When exiting Word97 on July 28, this message is displayed:
Meu aniversário
Parabéns para mim!

When exiting Word97 on any other day, this message is displayed: Nova Vítima Fechando 2807M!


Variants information
Virus Name Type Subtype Differences
W97M/Nova.A Virus Macro
W97M/Nova.B Virus Macro
W97M/Nova.C Virus Macro
W97M/Nova.D Virus Macro
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:


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.


PC Infected? Get Expert Help

Virus Removal Service

Connect to one of our Security Experts by phone. Have your PC fixed remotely - while you watch!