Virus Profile: W97M/Touchme

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Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home Low | Corporate Low
Date Discovered: 6/15/2000
Date Added: 6/27/2000
Origin: Unknown
Length: N/A
Type: Virus
Subtype: Macro
DAT Required: 4084
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 when opening infected document on non-infected system, and macro warning is enabled before hand. Files are deleted from the STARTUP folder in Office97/2000.

If the current day is March 5, August 8 or December 22, and MS Office Assistant (MSA) is installed, this message will be displayed using the MSA:

"ReYoKh Team Labs mengucapkan"
"Selamat Ulang Tahun !!!"
"untuk [Name] bahagia selalu"

In the above message, [Name] can be one of three words: "REZA", "YOMBI" or "NELIS".

Methods of Infection

This virus hooks Word event handlers in an effort to maximize the chance of running its code. The following methods can invoke the macro routines: opening, closing, saving or creating a document.

If the code is allowed to run, this virus first writes a temporary file in the STARTUP folder for Office named "EcHa". This temp file is then used to transfer code between infected file and new host document. The temp file is deleted along with any files which may be stored in the STARTUP folder.



Virus Characteristics

This is a class module macro virus for Word97/2000 documents and templates. This virus contains a date activated message box which may activate on one of three dates.

This virus has comments at the beginning of the source code which is never displayed:

' Created by Reza Pc 212
' Copyright © ReYoKh Team Labs
' University of Gunadarma
' fU**ig aLl aNtiVirUS, cAn YoU tOuCh mE ? DOnt dReAM !

If the macro routines in this virus are allowed to run, they will lower the settings for macro security via the registry.

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.


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